What Benefits Can You Get After Implementing Conditional Access?
As long as passwords have existed, they have apparently also been a major security problem. Eighty-one percent of security incidents are due to stolen or weak passwords. In addition, employees continue to neglect the basics of good cyber hygiene.
Once a hacker gets a hold of an employee's credentials, they can access the account and all the data it contains. This is especially problematic when it comes to an account like Microsoft 365 or Google Workspace. These accounts can access things like cloud storage and user email.
What Is Conditional Access?
Conditional access is also known as contextual access. It is a method of controlling user access. It can be thought of as several "if/then" statements, i.e. "if" this thing is present, "then" do this.
Some of the most commonly used contextual factors are:
Conditional access can be set up in Azure Active Directory. It can also be set up in another identity and access management tool. It is helpful to seek assistance from your IT partner. We can help you set it up and determine the conditions that make the most sense for your organization.
The advantage of Implementing Conditional Access for Identity Management
Using conditional access improves security. It allows you more flexibility in verifying user credentials. You do not grant access to just anyone with a username and password. Instead, the user must meet certain requirements.
Automates the Access Management Process
Once the if/then statements are set up, the system takes over. It automates monitoring for contextual factors and takes the appropriate action. This reduces the burden on administrative teams IT. It also ensures that no one falls through the cracks.
Enables Restriction of Certain Activities
Access control is not just for keeping unauthorized users out of your accounts. You can use it in other ways as well. One of them is to restrict the activities that legitimate users can perform.
Improves the User Login Experience
Studies show that up to 67% of organizations are not using multi-factor authentication. This is despite it being one of the most effective methods of preventing access breaches.
Enforces the Rule of Least Privilege
Applying the least privilege rule is a security best practice. It means granting only the lowest level of access in a system that a user needs to do their job. Once you have roles set up in your identity management system, you can base access on those roles.
Get Help Implementing Conditional Access Today from Onyx IT!
Once conditional access is set up, the automated system takes over. It improves your security and reduces the risk of an account breach. Contact Onyx IT today for a free consultation to enhance your cybersecurity.
Article used with permission from The Technology Press.