Manageability of resources is a major obstacle for enterprises. 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. With an increasingly sophisticated computing environment, how can enterprises ensure consistent enforcement of access controls? Policy Based Access Control (PBAC) resolves this by offering efficient security measures in response to mitigating security threats and managing collaborative business processes. 

What is PBAC? 

Policy-Based Access Control is a method of controlling user access to one or more systems, where access privileges are determined by combining the business responsibilities of the user with policies. Instead of auditing and modifying roles across the entire organization, PBAC lets you quickly adjust entitlements in response to changes in requirements, ensuring that assets are secured through set rules or policies. PBAC is an adaptable authorization solution because it can support a variety of access points by automating security controls in applications and on data. Like Attribute-Based Access Control (ABAC), the approach combines roles and attributes to produce flexible, dynamic control parameters.

Why is PBAC Important? 

Data security is no longer just about protecting your perimeters or preventing cyberattacks. It is also about keeping confidential information safe from unauthorized users, which includes everyone from employees and contractors to third-party vendors and customers, as the enterprise’s entire network is prone to data loss from accidental or malicious leakage. PBAC offers a myriad of advantages such as: 

#1 – Data-Centric Protection Anytime, Anywhere 

A PBAC system protects your data in real-time by ensuring that sensitive information stays within its intended boundaries and never becomes vulnerable to being leaked accidentally or maliciously. It is able to provide fine-grained policy controls over every aspect of how users interact with it—from devices they connect through, applications they use on those devices and everything in between (such as files stored in the cloud).  

#2 – Adherence to Security Compliance 

With PBAC, organizations can configure policies to enforce compliance with industry standards and regulations. Enterprises can define granular controls down to the individual object level and apply them across multiple environments, including virtual machines (VMs) in the public cloud or on-premises servers. 

In organizations where employees are required to adhere to compliance standards, having an efficient auditing process is critical. PBAC enables an automated auditing process that makes way for enforcing policies and meeting regulatory requirements, which can be time-consuming and error-prone if done manually.

#3 – More Efficient Security Control, Lower Security Costs 

PBAC is a more effective approach than traditional access control as it allows you to establish policies that are centrally managed, providing consistent enforcement across applications. Using a centrally managed policy system, authorization policies can be reviewed across the enterprise, reducing administration cost. By incorporating dynamic authorization, it also allows administrators to adjust policies to enforce new requirements in real-time. Through increasing business agility and efficiency, it enables enterprises to modernize their IT, extend competitive advantages and prevent data breaches. 

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.