The principle of least privilege (PoLP) refers to a system in which a user is given the minimum levels of access – or permissions – needed to perform their job function. It determines which users can access a particular file or which devices can access a specific network. It is also used to define what users can do on a system. For example, some users may only be able to execute particular functions, while others may be able to do more such as restart the application or apply updates.
Whether by accident or intention, when someone accesses data, programs, or part of a network they don’t need to, problems can occur. Users can mistakingly overwrite or delete critical data needed for daily operation leading to potentially disastrous downtime. More open doors mean more liabilities and opportunities for complications. Whether it’s an internal employee looking at sensitive information out of curiosity or a bad actor gaining access to critical information, the principle of least privilege is a fundamental step in protecting access to high-value data
In addition to implementing the principle of least privilege within your organization, you should also have a disaster recovery plan in place in the event that your network & critical data become compromised. Impact Business Technology has an entire suite of comprehensive protection measures for your business. Let us help you protect and defend your investment.