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RBAC: The Right User, With The Right Access & Resources, At The Right Time

Maintaining enterprise security and privileged access to your organization’s sensitive information has become even more important in today’s world, where costly cyber-attacks are increasing rapidly year after year. A difficult balance must be struck between stringent access to your organization, and allowing your employees access to the resources they need to efficiently accomplish tasks. Role-Based Access Controls (RBAC) can provide this balance by providing organizations with a method to grant employees the access they need while effectively denying them the access that they don’t need.


RBAC emerged in the 1990s, and since then, many companies have adopted the practice. There are a variety of tools perfectly suited platform for establishing and maintaining role-based access to ensure efficient work, while mitigating potential threat-actors. So, how can Identity And Access Solutions help your organization implement an RBAC solution (with or without a role mining tool)?

  1. The first step is to diligently take inventory of your system to determine the key resources that shape your business’s day-to-day operations, without leaving out any crucial files, servers, programs, documents, etc.

  2. Next, a coordinated effort between management and HR is needed to identify and describe roles and the resources those roles may need to access to succeed in their job.

  3. Keeping a stringent integration timeline can help this process by allowing colleagues time to prepare so that your organization’s process does not slow or stop when the new system is implemented.

  4. Remaining open to feedback throughout the process is vital to a smooth transition, clarifying plans with managers and ensuring the correct roles and permissions are in place before the change is completed.


RBAC is adaptive, scalable, and can benefit all users, managers, and IT administrators in an organization, saving you time and money, while protecting you from potentially devastating cyber-attacks in the long run.


While implementing RBAC may seem daunting, utilizing the helpful tips above can address some pain points before they happen and make the process much less burdensome. Leaning on the knowledge and experience of Identity And Access Solutions team members is critical when implementing RBAC.


If you want to learn more about Roles and RBAC visit our Access Controls and Role Lifecycle Management pages.


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