A short definition of the security principle of least access

Pete Hoff
  • 7 min read

Security is something IT admins have always been paying attention to. It’s part of their job: to make sure employees and company property (including company data) are safe and protected. One easy way to apply security to your team is to apply the principle of least access.

What is the principle of least access for securing your business? 

The principle of least access can be summarized in one sentence: always assign the least amount of access that is required for your users.

Some examples of how to apply this principle to your organization are listed below:

  • Sensitive information must be encrypted when transmitted outside of the organization.
  • All mobile devices must encrypt sensitive information when stored on the device. Mobile devices include laptops, tablets, and phones (or any device an employee can take with them off company premises.)
  • All access to systems storing company information must require authentication following company security standards.
  • All computers must be secured with firewalls and malware protection.
  • Users with access to personally identifiable information or sensitive data should use multi-factor authentication.

Learn more about securing your business with Wursta

We understand that implementing security throughout an organization is easier said than done. That’s why we’re here to help! Check out other quick tips we have cyber security and two-factor authentication, or reach out to us directly to see what best practices fit your business needs.