The Importance of User Permissions and Two Factor Authentication

A robust security infrastructure is built around user permissions and two factor authentication. The ability to manage user permissions is an essential tool to reduce the risk of accidental or malicious insider activities, minimizing consequences of any data breaches, and maintaining the regulatory compliance.

1. Reduce the threat of insider threats

The principle of least privilege is a standard method of limiting access for users. This means that users should be given only the rights they require to perform their duties. This helps to limit the impact of any unauthorized activities that are performed by employees or other vendors.

2. Reduce the risk of a Data Breach

Many industries are subject to strict regulatory requirements which require robust data security practices. The management of user permissions allows organizations to ensure compliance by ensuring only authorized individuals have access to sensitive information.

3. Reduce the possibility of third-party vendor activity

Many security breaches result from compromised credentials by third-party vendors. Reviewing and updating regularly user permissions can help minimize the risk of unauthorized access by external vendors.

4. Allow flexibility for Privilege Escalation

Role-based access control (RBAC) is a popular method of managing permissions for users which assigns access rights based on predefined roles. These roles can be nested to permit fine-grained access control. A senior physician, for instance, may have more privileges when it comes to viewing patient information than an internist. In addition, RBAC can be configured to require two-factor authentication (2FA) for certain roles in order to limit the risk of unauthorized access, even in the event that the password is compromised.