Do you know who has access to your data and systems? Are your employees sitting on amassed credentials? Now’s the time to become confident in your access.
As our reliance on technology and identity has grown, so too has the importance of controlling who has access to key systems, sensitive information, and licensed solutions.
Defining and managing permissions should always start with a Zero Trust approach – never trust, always verify – with additional permissions being granted as and when they’re needed.
The result is greater control over what employees can see, and the assurance that previous employees are restricted from accessing anything they shouldn’t – ensuring compliance and security across the organisation.
There are two particular types of access which organisations should be paying particular attention to:
Granted only when conditions are meant
Just in time, just enough
Conditional Access is the backbone to our Secure Hybrid Identity approach. Quite simply, conditional access follows an ‘if this, then that’ principle, allowing for extra layers of rules in order to provide an uncompromising mix of security and user experience.
In the context of how organisations currently handle access – a user could receive up to 100 MFA prompts a day as they move from between applications, for example – Conditional Access offers an alternative that saves time and lessens frustration. By forcing MFA on just one particular app and leaving other apps to prompt users only when authentication seems risky, organisations can save their employees all the time spent responding to those 100 MFA prompts – an average of 40 minutes.
Framed in an environment featuring a thousand or so employees, the time savings really add up to a substantial difference, making all the difference to productivity through the smallest of changes – without compromising on security.
Elsewhere, Privileged Identity Management is a way of managing, granting, and revoking elevated rights to an existing account – meaning that organisations no longer require more than one account for administrative activities, thus shrinking the potential attack surface.
Whereas traditional models would see an attacker gaining access to the network and performing a ‘pass the hash’ attack before stealing an elevated account’s token, under the Privileged Access model, the goal posts continue to shift – the account they’ve gained access to is only an admin for the hour it needed to be, rendering the credentials useless to the attacker.
From an accountability perspective, the Privileged Access avenue allows all admin activities to be logged and properly audited, providing much-needed visibility across the organisation. It’s also possible to add approval workflows and justifications, making logs clearer for simple navigation.
Interested in finding out more about managing your organisation’s access? Get in touch with our team, or drop a note using the form on this page.