Controlled Access to Confidential Data

Your company is likely to handle sensitive information that must be protected from unauthorised users. Failure to control access can result in a catastrophic loss of your valuable assets. The core concept of access control is that it acts as a shrewd gatekeeper, defining the rules by which individuals can handle sensitive material. However, as organizations grow and change, the original methods for handling data might not be the best or permissible. This could result in sensitive data being made available to unauthorised users within or outside of the company.

Inadequate security controls could cause the loss of information belonging to a third entity, such as customer and employee information. A breach of this type could expose your company’s personal information to costly penalties from regulators and lawsuits. It could also hurt your clients’ and customers confidence.

Managing access is both an both an organizational and technical process. Getting secured access to confidential information requires the right balance of policies, procedures and technologies. These are crucial to ensure your company is in compliance to industry standards and regulations and also maintains its business agility and keeps the trust of both clients and customers.

For instance, you should make sure that your physical security protocols are effective. This includes requiring employees to store documents, thumb drives and backups of personal data in locked cabinets, as well as to notify the security team about strangers who are entering your premises. It is also important to establish a “need-to-know” for access to all. This requires employees to use passwords, two-factor authentication, and to check their privilege lists regularly.

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