User Access Control

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Manage User Access Control

It refers to the management of user accounts, particularly those with special access privileges, to protect against misuse and unauthorised access. Accounts should be assigned only to authorised individuals and provide the minimum level of access to applications, computers and networks.

Failure to implement an effective user access control management policy may expose your applications, computers and networks to risk. It makes it easier for hackers to take advantage of uncontrolled administrative privileges and to exploit desktops, laptops and servers. Another technique used by attackers involves the elevation of privileges by guessing or cracking a password for an administrative user to gain access to a target machine.

Failure to manage user access control may also lead to employees unwittingly or deliberately accessing and misusing data they shouldn’t be authorised to see. According to the report, 55% of all insider misuse incidents were the result of privilege abuse. The most affected industries were public, healthcare and financial services.

HOW TO MANAGE USER ACCESS CONTROL EFFECTIVELY

  • Implement a user account management system and privilege management process.
  • Don’t use network and system administrator user accounts for non-administrator activities.
  • Restrict special account privileges to a limited number of authorised individuals.
  • Don’t allow unauthorised user accounts access to applications, computers and networks.
  • Document user access permissions.
  • Implement a unique username and strong password policy.
  • Ensure user passwords are changed on a regular basis

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