Access control is a complex undertaking, which leaves it ripe for vulnerabilities and risks. Consider these five ways to shore-up your access control security approach and ensure your user permissions and settings aren’t putting you at risk.
As the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) explains, access control is the way applications grant access to certain users and not others. Employees who administer those applications often define roles that grant access to specific applications for certain types of users. For example, an "admin" role would have access to administer the application, a very powerful role. Things can get tricky, however, when users have multiple or overlapping roles and permissions. As OWASP puts it, “Developers frequently underestimate the difficulty of implementing a reliable access control mechanism.”
So, what can you do to reign in unwieldy and risky access controls? These five seemingly simple considerations combine to create a more secure access control approach and posture:
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