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Five Key Challenges To Enforcing Access Control

1- The need for persistent policies:

Most security professionals understand how critical access control is for their organization. Access control requires the application of persistent policies in a dynamic world without traditional borders. Most of us work in hybrid environments where data is moved from local servers or the cloud to offices, homes, hotels, cars, and coffee shops with open Wi-Fi access points, which can make access control difficult.

2- Decide on the most appropriate control model:

Organizations must determine the appropriate access control model to adopt based on the type and sensitivity of the data they are processing, says Wagner. Older access models include discretionary access control ( DAC ) and mandatory access control ( MAC ). With DAC models, the data owner decides on access. DAC is a means of assigning access rights based on the rules that users specify.

3-You may need multiple solutions for access control:

Various technologies can support the various models of access control. In some cases, multiple technologies may need to work in concert to achieve the desired level of access control, Wagner notes. “The reality of data distributed between cloud service providers and SaaS applications and connected to the traditional network perimeter dictates the need to orchestrate a secure solution,” he says. There are multiple vendors that offer privilege access and identity management solutions that can be integrated into a traditional Microsoft Active Directory build. Multi-factor authentication can be a component to further enhance security.

4- Authorization remains an Achilles heel for some organizations:

Today, most organizations have become adept at authentication, Crowley notes, especially with the increasing use of multi-factor authentication and biometric-based authentication ( such as facial or iris recognition). In recent years, where high-profile data breaches have resulted in the sale of stolen password credentials on the dark web, security professionals have taken the need for multi-factor authentication more seriously, he adds.

5- Your access control policies must be able to change dynamically:

In the past, access control methodologies were often static. Today, network access must be dynamic and fluid and must be compatible with identity and application-based use cases.

Businesses must ensure that their access control technologies are consistently supported across their cloud assets and applications and that they can be seamlessly migrated to virtual environments like private clouds. Access control rules must change based on the risk factor, which means that organizations must implement layers of security analysis using artificial intelligence, AI, and machine learning that are on the existing network and security configuration. They also need to identify threats in real-time and automate access control rules accordingly.