Controlled Access to Confidential Data

Your organization likely handles sensitive information that needs to be secured from unauthorized users. If access is not controlled, it could lead to a devastating compromise of these precious assets. Access control is a notion that is intended to act as a gatekeeper. It also defines the guidelines for handling sensitive material. As organizations change and grow, their original data handling practices might not be acceptable or appropriate. This can lead to sensitive data being accidentally made available to unauthorised users within or outside of the organization.

Inadequate control can result in the loss of first-party information, including customer and employee details. A breach of this kind could expose your company to costly regulatory penalties, fines or lawsuits. It could also hurt your clients’ and customers’ trust.

The management of access is an technical and an organizational process that involves both technical and organizational. To achieve controlled access to confidential information, the proper balance between processes, policies and technology is essential. They are crucial to ensure that your company is in compliance to the standards and regulations in the industry and also maintains its business agility and keeps the trust of both clients and customers.

For instance, you should ensure that physical security protocols are robust and effective and require all employees to store paper documents or backups on thumb drives that contain personal data in locked cabinets and report anyone who enters your premises to the security team. It’s also crucial to establish the right “need to be aware” for all access, insisting that employees use passwords and two-factor authentication, check their privilege lists frequently and promptly revoke access rights when they are no longer needed, and encrypt data to protect it from read or tampering.

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