Remote access control is a necessary component of company security that ensures users can access systems securely and their data stays private. There are several approaches to implementing access control depending on the needs and resources a company has.
In computing, access control deals with authenticating and authorizing users, and logging access history for auditing purposes. It is one of the pillars of company security policies as it involves assigning and verifying user privileges to selected systems.
Nowadays, access control usually incorporates elements of zero trust, which is an approach that disregards implicit trust in users attempting to gain access and instead ascribes it on a least-privilege basis. That way users can only access those systems they actually need.
Authentication is a process that verifies the user’s access credentials. Traditionally, they consist of a username and password, but often include others, like one-time passcodes, security tokens, or biometric scans (collectively known as multi-factor authentication).
The purpose of authentication is to make sure the user is who they claim to be and to prevent access for unauthorized personnel.
During authorization, the user is assigned privileges that define what they are allowed to do in the systems they are accessing. For instance, some users can hold administrator rights, some edit rights, and some only be permitted to view the content.
There are several policy models that companies generally adopt.
Whenever a company gets hacked, the question they ask is, “How did they get in?” Access control is a vital mechanism among the data protection measures that businesses are using. A bulletproof access control strategy is one of your best defenses against data leakage.
Especially companies with multicloud infrastructures, whose systems, resources, and employees are often spread out far beyond company premises, need a robust remote access scheme to ensure users and sensitive data are protected from exposure when traveling over the internet.
Access credentials themselves are also a tempting target for interception, as credential mining can be a lucrative pursuit for those who have the means to steal them.
All this indicates two things. One, the attack surface is enormous, and, two, sending data via unsecured connections is risky to say the least. It is therefore essential to send your data via a private encrypted channel when accessing your systems remotely.
Restricting user access not only prevents deliberate tampering with data but also inadvertent mistakes. It’s common sense to restrict access to certain systems, allowing in only teams or departments that know how to use them.
However, if you have a lot of team members, setting up granular privileges for them is a lot of work, and can be tough to maintain in the long-term. Fortunately, access control solutions often offer mechanisms to make the work simpler and the whole system easier to manage.
GoodAccess creates a private virtual network of double-encrypted connections and uses the mechanism of access cards to implement access control. These access cards work very much like their real-world counterparts. You simply create an access card, choose which systems it authorizes access to, and assign it to users.
The benefit is three-fold:
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