Managing Controlled Access to Confidential Data

Managing access to confidential data is a major concern for many companies. It is often associated with customer trust which makes it more critical to protect from misuse. Information that could identify an individual needs to be controlled by policies to prevent identity fraud, compromise of systems or accounts, and other grave consequences. To prevent these risks and reduce the possibility of harm access to sensitive information should be restricted based on roles-based authorization.

There are many models that can be used to give access to Recommended Site sensitive information. The simplest model, a discretionary access control (DAC) allows an administrator or owner to select who can access files and what actions they are able to perform. This is the default model for the majority of Windows, macOS, and UNIX file systems.

A more secure and reliable approach is role-based access control (RBAC). This model ties access rights to the job requirements. It also implements important security principles, including separation of privilege and the principle of the least privilege.

Access control fine-grained to the point that extends beyond RBAC and gives administrators to assign permissions based on an individual’s identity. It works by combining things you know, such as an account number or password; something you own, such as keys, access cards, or devices that generate codes and something you’re wearing in, like fingerprints, iris scans or voice print. This allows you to have greater security and can solve many common problems that arise from authorization, such as unmonitored access by former employees, as well as access to sensitive information through third-party applications.