Why a Risk-Based Approach to User Access Reviews is important:
Identify areas of vulnerability.
The more windows and doors a building has, the easier it is to break in. Taking a risk-based approach enables you to proactively identify all access points to maintain better security.
Assess risks objectively.
Assessing your access risks on an objective, 10-point scale using LogicManager is a repeatable and dependable process that helps you better understand risk in a more efficient manner.
Mitigate more effectively.
Completing your user access reviews using a risk-based approach, you’ll consider the criticality, likelihood and assurance of the risks associated with information getting into the wrong hands. This will allow you to design more effective controls that better prevent those risks from materializing.
Taking a risk-based approach means continually testing and monitoring your controls over time. This is especially important when considering user access reviews: a process that inherently requires consistent monitoring.
Connect departments, people and processes.
It’s important to understand who has access to what across the entire enterprise. Through LogicManager’s taxonomy framework, it’s easy to connect everything and everyone with a bird’s eye view at all times.
Report on your efforts.
Automatically build a time-stamped audit trail that proves you’re completing user access reviews in a thorough and timely manner. This comes in handy should inquiring minds ask to review your preventative efforts.
LogicManager’s User Access Review Solution
LogicManager’s Custom Profile & Visibility Rules help you determine the risk level and nature of your applications or physical resources to determine what is the most important information to protect, enforce controls to mitigate your risks and determine the appropriate access review frequency.
Personalized home screens bring end users directly to their list of access rights review tasks to ensure access rights reviews are completed on time and Reporting & Dashboard tools generate visualizations that display historical results of user access reviews and a breakdown of user access reviews by status.
Our Integration Hub allows you to automate and manage your entitlement change tickets including Jira tickets and Active Directory solutions like Azure directly within your LogicManager Workflow system to more easily allocate tasks, facilitate approvals and ensure access rights reviews are completed on time.
These integrations also power our Event Management system, which allows you to automate the process of engaging managers to review employee entitlements by integrating your recurring file transfer process with LogicManager: simply drop a file into SFTP and sit back as a LogicManager event is created for review and sign-off.
Jira integration allows customers to assign risk, compliance, and governance related Jira issues to their development teams directly from LogicManager.
Automatically authenticate to LogicManager with SAML 2.0 SSO integration.
3 Steps To Better User Access Reviews
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Achieve your User Access Reviews with LogicManager
Protect your information
The most direct benefit of having a formalized user access review process is that you’ll be able to keep access to applications only to those who should have it. This ensures that no unauthorized users or terminated employees are viewing information they could potentially use against you.
Automate your processes
With LogicManager, you don’t need to rely on memory to true up your user lists; set a designated frequency at which you’d like to check your user lists, and have the system pull in the latest user access information and distribute tasks for review.
Building a log of all user access reviews helps demonstrate good governance and shows that you are not negligent. Doing so within a robust system like LogicManager, as opposed to manual spreadsheets and documents, means that you’ll automatically have a full audit trail of exactly when everything was completed.
Through continually performing an enterprise entitlement review where you know who has access to what, you’ll notice more quickly when you’re able to dial back on application agreements that charge per user. Additionally, using a software like LogicManager to perform your user access reviews cuts down the need to assign this task out to people, meaning you’re in a better place to reduce FTE costs if necessary.
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Companies everywhere, every day, rely on applications, software and physical assets to power their businesses. These assets house confidential information that only authorized users should be able to access. Therefore, they need to perform a user access review to verify that only the right users have access to that information. It also involves managing entitlements: user or process privileges to perform or have rights to an action on a particular resource).
User access reviews should be performed both periodically (i.e. monthly or quarterly) or on an ad-hoc basis (i.e. an employee has left the company, a vendor contract has terminated, etc.) to eliminate any risks associated with your organization’s private information landing in the wrong hands.
Being responsible for user access reviews also involves providing governance over the policy that dictates access rights and entitlement reviews.
Enterprise Entitlement Review Risks
Should the wrong people have access rights to your company’s sensitive information, a variety of things could go wrong. Making a conscious effort to consistently review who can access what can prevent things like:
Disgruntled employees using information against you, or leveraging information against your policies for personal gain.
External fraud and hackers who may access and abuse your employees’ or customers’ personal information.
Data breaches, which can cause severe reputational damage and impose various financial consequences.
If any of these risks materialize, fines and punishments may be reduced if you are able to prove that you weren’t negligent. If you can demonstrate that you had the proper controls in place (such as user access reviews) you’ll wind up being a lot better off.
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