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Ensuring Security and High Business Value With RBAC

In the era of digital transformation the tight privacy laws have imposed new levels of confidentiality on health care, insurance companies and financial institutions. As the number of their electronic systems increases along with the number of interfaces, identity management  becomes a critical component in ensuring information security and access control. Access control plays an essential role in safeguarding both physical security and electronic information security. Role-based access control could be simply explained as the security process of assigning specific rules or policies to individual users, or groups of users, that are connecting to your network. It simplifies the process in assigning user’s access based on their job function.

Developing and using a role-based access control system in conjunction with an identity management solution makes it possible for organizations to ensure that accounts for new employees are always created with proper access rights. That means that there is a control defining which users have access to resources based on the role of the user. Access rights are grouped by role name, and access to resources is restricted to users who have been authorized to assume the associated role. For example, if a RBAC system is used in a hospital, each person that is allowed access to the hospital’s network has a predefined role (doctor, nurse, lab technician, administrator, etc.). If someone is defined as possessing the role of doctor, than that user can access only resources on the network that the role of doctor has been allowed access to. 

Four steps for providing data security

There are four steps which are of a great importance for providing proper data security.

The first phase is to ensure that new employee access and accounts are created properly when the employee is on boarded.

Second phase refers to giving those access rights remaining accurate and up-to-date during each of the company’s employee’s tenures.

The third, and most essential step in this process, is revocation of access rights when individual employees leave the organization.

The fourth step is performing Information audits. The sooner you get used to them, the better. They are required to successfully manage the information and the access of rights. Our advice is to periodically review your roles, the employees assigned to them, and the access permitted for each. Once an audit of access rights is performed, it can be compared against the baseline template for each employee role initially established. If needed, the managers and systems owners could make for verification or revocation of the rights.

What are the benefits of RBAC?

Ideally, the RBAC system is clearly defined and agile, making the addition of new applications, roles and employees as efficient as possible. One of the greatest advantages of RBAC is the ability of giving you granular visibility, which is necessary to securely support your mobility in today’s digital environment. Another benefit of RBAC refers to maximized operational performance. Thus, companies could streamline and automate many transactions and business processes and provide users with the resources to perform their jobs better, faster and with greater personal responsibility. With RBAC system in place, organizations are better positioned to meet their own statutory and regulatory requirements for privacy and confidentiality, which is crucial for health care organizations and financial institutions.

Organizations should implement necessary security measures to provide that access to data, groups and applications are right for an employee during their tenure. They also should bear in mind that quite critical is the revocation of all account access when they depart. Failure to respond these criteria can lead to data theft and costly access to external applications.

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7 Unique Benefits of PATECCO Managed Services

Managed services is a customized and tailored solution in which a third-party contractor provides information technology tasks for another organization. In a typical managed services arrangement, a managed service provider (MSP) takes over responsibility for the functionality of IT services and equipment in exchange for a monthly fee. This arrangement is beneficial because it transfers the burden of IT management, along with training and associated costs, to a service provider who helps the customer achieve desired results and keep up with rapidly changing demands.

The key to managed services is the proactive and preventative approach which helps prevent costly downtime. If issues arise, PATECCO, as a service provider, can help resolve them and restore service quickly, many times without the customer even being affected. Common aspects of managed IT services include the remote monitoring and management of a company’s IT environment, as well as end-user system management of servers, applications, desktops, and mobile devices.

Who Can Benefit from Managed Services?

Managed services are applicable for a variety of industries including healthcare, manufacturing, financial, retail, restaurant and hospitality, warehousing and distribution, education, government, and transportation.

Benefits of Managed Services

Managed IT services allow companies to proactively prevent and fix problems while they are minor and fixable. As the saying goes, prevention is the best medicine. In addition to solving problems before they can negatively impact your business, managed IT services are beneficial in other important ways such as:

1. Compliance

Many organizations are required to meet certain IT standards and compliance requirements. PATECCO understands the regulations and complexities related to compliance, so the Managed Services company can help you navigate compliance requirements and ensure you are meeting them.

2. Reduced Costs

Managed services can help reduce overall operating costs. In fact, it is estimated that successful managed services can help reduce IT cost by 25-45% and will increase operational efficiency by 45-65%.

3. More Time to Focus on Your Business

By allowing a managed service provider to maintain and monitor your technology, your in-house staff will have more time to focus on business goals and strategic projects that will further your core objectives.

4. Access to Advanced Technology

Technology is constantly changing, and it is difficult to keep up with the latest technology advancements. PATECCO stays up to date on new technology advancements, so it can ensure you’re staying ahead of the curve. Plus, the Managed services company has the resources and knowledge to implement new technology right away.

5. Predictable Costs

Planning a budget for technology costs can be difficult because unexpected costs can add up quickly. Managed services offer you predictable monthly costs that you can count on.

6. Peace of Mind

With managed services, you will have the peace of mind that your IT environment is secure. By monitoring your network 24x7x365, PATECCO knows immediately if a potential problem arises.

7. Reduced Risk

Security breaches can cause a lot of damage to organizations, plus technology and government regulations change at a rapid pace. With industry knowledge about compliance and security, PATECCO can help by managing a lot of this risk for you.

By including managed services in your IT strategy, you’ll ensure that important maintenance and security tasks get done. In addition to the urgency due to security threats, managed services help ensure that your network is secure, reliable, and fast — all without huge capital investments. PATECCO managed services can help you reign in your IT costs while optimizing your systems for performance and security.

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