What is the principle of least privilege (PoLP)?

And why is important for any company?

Pablo Muller · 3 min read

The Principle of Least Privilege (PoLP) states that users of any information resource (system, module, application, document, etc.) have only the minimum access permissions required to do their job.

Why is this important for any company?

By limiting the actions that users can do, we are reducing the effects and probability of user mistakes and malicious behavior. This results in several benefits:

Better security: If users have a reduced set of permissions, the consequences of having their accounts compromised or the effect of their malicious behaviors and malicious actions are also limited.

System Stability: If there are only a few sets of users with permissions to change system configuration or do administrative tasks that affect the whole system, the impact of user action is reduced to only their scope of work.

Audit readiness: Currently all companies must undergo strict auditing processes to obtain official certifications that endorse their cybersecurity, among them some of the most outstanding and that we are going to analyze briefly are:

  1. SOC 2: is an effective tool to evaluate the security controls of a provider. It is an international standard that arises from the need to consider that any service provider, particularly technological ones, can be a threat to its customers and the company receiving the service wants to be confident that it will not be affected. Cybersecurity has become a critical part of vendor risk management and a SOC 2 audit is one of the ways to assess cybersecurity threats.
  2. CMMI: the CMMI certification is an industry benchmark certification for capability maturity model integration. CMMI certification tells us what best practices to implement, but it doesn't tell us exactly how. It is a "framework", a set of best practices organized by business-critical capabilities with the objective of improving their performance.
  3. ISO: the ISO certification establishes the software development quality standards necessary for the management of information technology services and aligns them with business requirements to ensure on-time delivery while ensuring the highest quality requirements, focusing on risk management.

These and all other certifications require some degree of control and auditability of user access and permissions. Enforcing this before the certification or revalidation process will save you a lot of effort when the time comes.

How can MyLenio help a company achieve the SOC 2, CMMI Certification, and ISO?

MyLenio’s team module gives you an intuitive and graphic interface to configure the structure of your teams, their roles, and the SaaS they need to do their job, assigning only the required access level to each SaaS per role.

Adding and removing people from a role will automatically create and change the permissions on each SaaS (or trigger the tasks for admins to do it when the SaaS forbids these actions).

This way you can have your teams’ access up-to-date and compliant at any time with just a few clicks.

Not only will you save time, will also provide your company with much better cybersecurity, and you will also invest less economic resources in a process that can be costly for companies.

From MyLenio we invite you to enter our website and see how it is possible to optimize your time and resources in an easy and efficient way.

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