Manageability is a major obstacle for company executives. To provide effective, secure, and efficient security controls in a complex and ever-changing environment, organizations rely on a variety of operating systems and applications. Many businesses require a wide range of devices, work across different environments (On-Premise and Cloud), and have implemented techniques to speed up development in addition to these needs. As a result, the enterprise’s computing environment becomes more sophisticated because of all these variables. In a complicated environment with on-going development, Policy Based Access Control can offer efficient security measures in response to mitigating security threats and managing collaborative business processes.

Policy-Based Access Control (PBAC) is a method of controlling user access to one or more systems in which the access privileges that users of each role should have are decided by combining the business responsibilities of the users with the policies. Instead of auditing and modifying roles across the entire organization, PBAC lets you quickly adjust entitlements in response to new rules or corporate policy, reassuring that assets are secure and that guidelines are followed. PBAC is regarded as the most adaptable authorization solution because it is made to support all types of access devices. Like Attribute-Based Access Control (ABAC), the approach combines roles and attributes to produce flexible, dynamic control parameters.

Both PBAC and ABAC use attributes to enforce restrictions and access, however, they are different. To elaborate, ABAC also offers a “fine-grained” access management approach to make use of a variety of attributes when determining access permissions. However, the decision to approve or deny an access request to specific data is based on stringent requirements that have been assigned to the user, action, resource, or environment. Whereas with PBAC, management may actively participate in monitoring the Identity and Access Management procedures rather than simply observing from afar. Business executives now have the full power to ensure that business logic is implemented securely, to not only regulate access but also to assess what data was accessed once permission was authorized to the database. PBAC’s features ensure that sharing resources and data is easy and secure when suppliers, independent contractors, and partners are given the access they need to certain files under preexisting restrictions.

For more information on Nextlabs PBAC solutions, watch Control Center Policy Authoring: Nextlabs Policy-Based Authorization Management and Control Center Administration Section- NextLabs Policy-Based Authorization Management.