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An Ounce of Least Privilege Is Worth A Pound Of Compliance

Posted September 9, 2011    Peter McCalister

If an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure then an ounce of least privilege is worth a pound of compliance for your extended enterprise.

The best thing about compliance is this- by implementing the necessary IT infrastructure to ensure it, you have also protected your organization from most potential security infractions as well.

Information security breaches will almost always yield a compliance audit failure. These can be prevented if compliance is a priority in your enterprise. It may sound like a blatant statement of the obvious but if an organization takes the time to plan and execute a security plan that preemptively allows for the avoidance of breaches of secured data, that company is in a much better place as far as security tempests go. The best way to get compliant fast is to implement a least privilege solution.

By now you’re aware of what that is. By now you understand how crucial it is to the protection of your mission-critical information. Letting users have full access to data they don’t necessarily need is both irresponsible and in direct violation of regulations provided to protect your enterprise’s greatest asset. It’s easier than it seems, and such a principle makes logical sense. Give users access to information based on what is essential to their job. This will stabilize, secure, and streamline your system, and make your enterprise a compliant environment.

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