Access control is a method of restricting access to company property, including IT systems and data assets.
Physical access control, which refers to limiting access to physical assets, such as an office or building, for example by using an access card to unlock a door.
Logical access control on the other hand refers to limiting access to computers, networks, files and other sensitive data, for example by using a username and password or other methods of authentication.
It is vital for businesses to implement both physical access and logical access control so as to minimise the risk of unauthorised access.
To implement access control systems successfully:
- Gather data from every computing device used within the organisation’s IT domain;
- Manage identities and not individuals by applying role-based permissions based on the need-to-know principle.
- Verify anything and everything trying to connect to systems before granting access
- Use multi-factor authentication mechanisms
- Apply access control at the network level
- Update permissions whenever there are changes in access
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