Access rights audit

04.08.2020

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On any given day, the chances of you getting into a car accident is low. The chances of somebody’s store catching on fire and burning down is also low. Yet, there is a possibility that that could happen and the consequences of that are something that you couldn’t afford to take on on your own. That is the reason why we have to request insurance. Our data need insurance as well. And just like we have to cover every other potential risk that we couldn’t afford compensating for if it materialized, we need to conduct a security audit of our sensitive data to see what data we contain, prioritize the impact of these sensitive data becoming known, and take group measures to make it as hard as possible for sensitive data to be obtained by malicious individuals.

Microsoft Office 365: Active Directory and SharePoint Exchange for Controlling Permission and Reporting Changes

From the get-go, a business owner needs to have an encrypted network and regulate file exchange carefully. For their access control needs, companies that are subscribed to Microsoft Office 365 have the benefit of adding active directory to their Microsoft services for a better price. Microsoft directory is a product that runs on Windows Server and manages permissions and access to all resources on a network. Everything in the Active Directory system is treated as objects and it encrypts them so that only users occupying certain positions with certain privileges may access data files and objects. Aside from Active Directory, Microsoft 365’s SharePoint allows employees with particular privileges to work together and collaborate on work documents within the company’s in-house network.

Changing Permissions and Rapid Online Activity Alerts

Since this file may contain information that a business owner may not want him to be able to later open whenever he wants in the long term, SharePoint access control can allow that business owner to fix the permissions on it so that only he or the CEO can see it. Furthermore, when an employee does make a change to a document, his superior will receive the reported alert immediately and be able to respond in a time-efficient manner.

Google Cloud Data Security: Regulating Sensitive File Access Online

Another option for keeping your file and folder data safe and preventing unwanted access to them is data store on Google Cloud. Data store will ensure that nobody can hack your data, thanks to Google’s wonderful engineers. In fact, in this case, you have the opportunity to scale your applications’ load automatically, so you only pay for what you use. Features that it includes are SQL-like queries, indexing activity, ACID transactions, sharding, replication, and more. Furthermore, you can set and change control of these files on the cloud as well. Like SharePoint, Google Cloud reports changes by users immediately. Companies can set permissions to all files being private or set permissions based on a bucket (a group of files). Most businesses that are just moving access to the cloud prefer a hybrid IT infrastructure, since they are not ready to commit to the full jump and request that the entire system change too rapidly. Microsoft is very accommodating of hybrid models, not only for those who don’t want to immediately commit but also for those who like to enjoy the benefits of each platform.

Priorities: Risk Remediation 

Once a company has set up and changed data access controls on his server regarding what groups can access source code files, what groups can access financial folders, on account of a permission change that should be made, etc., it’s time to look at fixed personal data files, policies, and projects that are underway. Before the company can cover its bases, it has to conduct a security risk audit of the resources that it has and the impact that various risks could entail. For this purpose, a company would be well advised to take on the security services of a group of experts that designs data security software agents. 

Risk Assessments and Dashboard Reports

These software agents will access data on the company’s server and compile a report on what common and trending threat activities have been necessitating remediation most often in addition to recommending certain permission changes for individuals’ or groups’ access to folders that entail a high possibility of fraud. This risk assessment frequently uses machine learning to detect weaknesses and peculiar activity, which prevents stale data from displaying on the company’s program dashboard. On account of the fact that business activities and factors change every day, such a group being ahead of or behind schedule on certain projects, reports that a business’ funds are greater or lesser than normal, or reports new changes in the controls that may yield alerts or provide evidence in insider risk investigations, we have to make sure that we have up-to-date data, rather than stale data. If these data are updated automatically and from a centralized location, this stale data issue will be prevented. Stale data is why a group making a decision from the gut can be reckless and we must always make sure our access to new data is as rapid as possible.

Developing Changes in Risk Reporting

One of the more recent positive changes in data security is data-centric auditing and protection in the form of unified audits. With this technology, data plays an active role in its own protection. As opposed to the data being protected based on the system as is traditionally done, the data provides for its own protection. As sensitive data moves from place to place, it retains its security. Furthermore, the object that these data are controlled in has meditation, which features instructions for accessing them. After these data are accessed, a unified audit trail is created. A unified audit trail is a read-only report that lists which objects have been accessed company wide. This new security change allows companies to better reorganize privacy policies on account of the fact that wherever their data go, they will not have as high a level of risk.