SECURELINK’S ACCESS GOVERNANCE SOLUTION
Enforce Access Policies and Manage Access Privileges with Access Governance Solutions
63% of organizations don’t have visibility into the level of access and permissions their users have to critical systems
Too many organizations aren’t implementing and enforcing access policies to their most critical assets, like systems, data, networks, infrastructure, and operational technology. Too many companies experience data breaches because they mismanage user access. And too many businesses don’t have insight into who can access their company’s valuable assets and how that access is being used.
Without the proper tools and solutions in place, it might seem daunting and downright impossible to manage all of the users and access rights that exist within your organization. Between the different user groups (customers, employees, and third parties) and all the access rights needed, tracking which person has access to what system and limiting their access to only what they need isn’t a task for the faint of heart. And current methodologies like manually tracking user access rights in spreadsheets or relying on extremely costly identity and access governance solutions can be extremely time-consuming and complex. Without proper automation and streamlining, access governance can be a challenge. But there is a way to tackle those challenges, and it involves bringing efficiency and ease into enforcing access policy and protecting critical access points.
Where do these points of vulnerability come from? Let’s look to the stats to recognize the gaps in access security:
What is Access Governance?
Access governance consists of the systems and processes that make sure access policy is followed as closely as possible. This means there should be established rules in place of who should have access to which assets and what privileges they should have when accessing an asset. These “rules” must be followed to protect an organization’s security and privacy — no loopholes or secret passageways into critical access points, or else the consequences could be disastrous.
Access governance might look different across organizations and industries, but a few things should always be consistent: access policy must be tightly enforced, access must be as granular as possible, and user access must be carefully reviewed to make sure that a user’s actual access rights align as closely as possible with access policy.
How is Access Governance Accomplished?
SecureLink accomplishes those three goals of access governance using the best defenses in cybersecurity and building our product capabilities after these models:
Tightly enforced access policy through role-based access control
SecureLink’s access governance systems are built to help you manage control over who has access to what critical assets based on the job function and role of each user. Whether it’s an employee or third-party, the SecureLink Enterprise Access and SecureLink Customer Connect products are equipped to assign access rights and privileges to a user based on what they need to access for their specific role. It gives back control over how much access a user has and ensures that those who should have access are the only ones who have access.
Granular user access through least privileged access
When implementing access governance, access policy needs to align to the principle of least privilege. This means that users have access to the minimum required to do their job or duties, and nothing more. SecureLink’s products are built on the principle of least privilege and allow network or system administrators to only grant access based on an extremely granular level, down to the host, port, or privilege level so users only access the specific asset or item they need, without being exposed to the entire network. This applies to both employees and third parties, bridging the gap between how an organization can manage external third-party access that falls outside traditional HR-driven access management solutions that really only work for employee populations.
Periodic access audits through automated user access reviews
SecureLink’s Access Intelligence is a tool that automates regular access reviews and inventories each user and their access privileges. If user accesses are not reviewed regularly, critical gaps in security arise, such as stale accounts, improper assigning of privileges, and access creep — the build-up of old or unneeded access over time. Access Intelligence distributes user reviews to managers and people leaders so they can reject or approve access permissions based’s a user’s role and job function and ensures access rights are updated as needed through automation.
SecureLink Access Governance Solutions
See how the SecureLink products seamlessly implement access governance into your cybersecurity strategy.
SecureLink Enterprise Access
SecureLink Enterprise Access supports access governance efforts specifically for third-party users and their remote access connectivity into an organization’s network. Companies often employ third parties to outsource job functions or rely on third parties for critical system support or maintenance. Third parties, therefore, require access rights, but their identity or data doesn’t exist within an HR system that’s able to apply access policy or track their access rights. If an organization needs to grant remote access to a third party, the SecureLink Enterprise Access solution provides access governance capabilities that are specifically tailored to the unique needs of third parties. Enterprise Access manages all third-party user identities, defines access policy as it applies to each user, and applies that access policy during each remote access session.
SecureLink Customer Connect
SecureLink Customer Connect is a platform specifically built for technology vendors who provide technical support to organizations and enterprises or otherwise require remote access to customer assets. As a third-party vendor, you can comply with your customer’s access governance guidelines and provide secure management of your remote connection into their network using the SecureLink Customer Connect remote access platform. It uses least privileged access, which limits your exposure on your customer’s network and gives your customer control and visibility into your connection in their network. This not only gives your customers peace of mind, but also increases the value of your services to potential customers and provides a valuable differentiator between you and competitors.
SecureLink Access Intelligence
Access Intelligence supports access governance by automating the process of user access reviews. Access Intelligence pulls in data (such as HR data) from an organization’s systems to create a comprehensive inventory of all access rights at a given time. It then uses the HR data to automatically assign the access review based on location and a user’s manager. The manager is tasked with reviewing their direct reports’ access rights and to approve or reject access privileges based on their employees’ role and responsibilities. Once the access right has been reviewed, it will send a ticket to an organization’s IT team to make any adjustments to a user’s access rights. When using Access Intelligence, the end result is fewer total access rights, a closer alignment of access rights to access policy, and lower total risk to the organization due to stronger adherence to the principle of least privilege.
Access Governance is one of three essential pillars that make up the foundation of critical access management. Download this eBook to learn more about what critical access management is, why it’s crucial for your organization to implement critical access management into your security and privacy strategies, and how you can use automation and technology to bring your cybersecurity goals to life.