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The need for data access control
The need for effective data access management has never been greater. Stricter regulations governing Personal Identifiable Information (PII) and export controls, the growing amount of sensitive IoT data being stored by enterprises, and the need for organizations to better protect Intellectual Property (IP), all point to the requirement for improved access controls. Again, this is the protection side of the coin. And it’s often why enterprises turn to static controls – but protection can mean data lockdown. Then assets become costly to secure without delivering their true value. This can only be delivered through data sharing which must be done securely and at run-time.
The fast pace of digitalization has also driven the changing needs of data access control. The move to the cloud, for example, has put constraints on static authorization that didn’t exist when they were conceived. These legacy authorization methods cannot be applied to modern IT architectures.
How does access control work?
The way access control works will depend on the type of data access control method you choose, whether it’s static or dynamic, and fine-grained or coarse-grained. There are four main methods. Two are considered obsolete for managing sensitive data in today’s modern and complex IT environments – Discretionary Access Control (DAC) and Mandatory Access Control (MAC). The legacy method, Role Based Access Control (RBAC), remains effective when data access control requirements are not highly complex. And finally, Attribute Based Access Control (ABAC), which is the modern dynamic way to control access to critical assets such as data.
The types of Access Controls
Data access control systems and solutions for your organization
If you’re unsure which access control system will best meet your needs, our team of experts can help you find an ABAC solution to:
- Meet the above business challenges
- Solve complex access control requirements that can’t be met by RBAC
- Reduce IT security costs and speed up deployment