The Importance of User Permissions and Two Factor Authentication


Two factor authentication are a key element of any robust security infrastructure. The ability to manage permissions for users is an essential element in reducing the likelihood that malicious or accidental insider activities will occur, minimising the impact of data breaches and maintaining regulatory compliance.

1. Minimize the Risk of Insider Threats

The principle of least privilege is a popular way to limit user access. It states that users should only be granted the privileges they need to fulfill their job. This minimizes the consequences of unauthorized actions that may be caused by employees or third-party vendors.

2. Reduce the risk of a Data Breach

Many industries are governed by strict rules that require the use of robust data protection methods. By managing user permissions, organizations can ensure compliance by making sure that only authorized users have access to sensitive information.

3. Reduce the possibility of third-party vendor activity

Many data breaches are caused by compromised credentials in the hands of third-party vendors. Regularly reviewing and updating the permissions of users can help minimize the risk that external vendors can gain access without authorization.

4. Allow Flexibility in Privilege Scalation

Role-based access control (RBAC) is a popular method of managing user permissions that assigns specific access rights based on predefined roles. These roles can be integrated to permit fine-grained control of access. For example, a senior physician may be granted more authority than a junior doctor in regards to accessing patient information. RBAC can also be configured to require a two-factor authentication (2FA), even for specific roles to limit the risk of an unauthorized entry even if a password gets compromised.