Keeping data secure with the principle of least privilege

All companies’ staff members need to access files and data that allow them to perform their role both effectively and successfully.

While it might seem easier to make company resources readily available to facilitate this process, open access to all data can put your enterprise at risk of leaks and breaches.

Overly secure systems can have the opposite impact, impairing how teams operate and reducing productivity. However, using the principle of least privilege is the ideal tool for creating balance between security and functionality.

Understanding the principle of least privilege

It’s important to realise that all your staff don’t require access to all the data and files stored in your IT system. The concept of least privilege involves only issuing staff access to the data and parts of your system they require when carrying out their duties.

This process limits access to data, making it role-specific and reducing the potential risk of both external and internal issues occurring. It also ensures that employees aren’t hamstrung as they attempt to tackle their daily tasks, to the betterment of how your company operates.

Risks of unrestricted data access

When all your staff have access to all data, the threat of a breach increases. Whether inadvertently or on purpose, sensitive information can be shared or stored in an insecure part of your system or a poorly protected device, exposing it and making a breach or leak inevitable.

If you have questions regarding data security, you can talk to our team at 127 Solutions. The services and solutions we offer include cybersecurity, so reach out to us today.