A user access review involves examining your organization’s IT applications and reviewing which ones are available to which employees, third parties or other stakeholders. But like most business processes, user access reviews are not a once-and-done activity that can be completed by one person; there is an ongoing monitoring piece that involves ensuring your user access reviews have been completed.
It’s important to take a risk-based approach to user access reviews to ensure they’re providing the intended business value of ensuring a separation of duties and mitigating threats like privilege creep, excessive privileges, access misuse and employee mistakes. This ultimately ladders up to the end goal of preventing disastrous IT risk events like ransomware attacks (which are more prevalent than ever before) or fraud. Performing user access reviews is also a requirement of many IT regulations, such as NIST, HIPAA and PCI DSS. These risk events can quickly cause a negative impact financially and damage your reputation.
Simply putting controls in place to mitigate privileged access abuse threats can only do so much to prevent them from materializing. This guide will walk through 3 key risk-based practices that will not only increase the effectiveness and efficiency of your user access review process, but also ensure that a risk event never snowballs into a scandal or long-term business disruption.