An Overview Of Leverage Username Controls In Cybersecurity
By Tom Seest
Username controls are an effective means of protecting servers or applications against hackers identifying valid usernames on them. By restricting how often requests can be sent to an application, hackers have fewer opportunities to identify usernames that they could attempt using MFA, captcha, generic messaging, and rate-limiting mechanisms.
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Implementing a user access control policy is one of the best ways to restrict access to sensitive data and ensure only those who require access can actually utilize it.
An administrator with access to employee records must only have an account that allows them to see what information they require in order to complete their duties in order to prevent employees from accidentally sharing confidential data with third-parties.
An effective password security plan also serves to guard against cyber security breaches. According to Verizon’s 2016 Data Breach Investigation Report, 63% of confirmed breaches involved weak, default or stolen passwords as the entryway into cyber space.
To protect against hacking attempts like these, it’s wise to implement stringent password policies across the organization. Tech security experts suggest creating long and complex passwords without personal details that may be easily discovered by an outside actor attempting to compromise it.
Mandating users regularly change their passwords is another effective method to keep themselves protected. Passwords should include uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols for maximum protection.
Password managers (which generate, store, and secure passwords) can assist users in creating secure passwords they can remember easily and using different ones across accounts. Furthermore, it’s advisable that they report any unrecognized logins or suspicious activity immediately.
Implementing high-security standards is key to protecting sensitive company data from cyber-attacks and meeting compliance standards like HIPAA.
Finally, it’s essential that your employees understand the significance of protecting both personal and business data. In many instances, employees don’t realize all of the potential threats their usernames and passwords pose, so be sure to explain how hackers could potentially gain entry using them to gain entry to sensitive information.
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As far as cybersecurity goes, you likely don’t want to reveal every piece of sensitive data residing on your network. A smartly devised security strategy can protect both your company and users from hackers and malware alike – as long as multiple layers of protection from physical to cyber realms are in place; for instance, a firewall might provide one layer of defense while secure VPN tunnels and robust endpoint protection suites provide another. An IT professional would likely implement policies and procedures to manage who gains access to key assets of their organization.
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Limiting access to specific users is a core component of cybersecurity. By giving users access only to data relevant to their roles and responsibilities, you can help protect sensitive information from being breached by unauthorised individuals. Unrestricted user permissions and access can create unnecessary security risks. For instance, if an employee or contractor’s username and password were to be compromised by an attacker, their access could give access to all aspects of your organization’s network and IT infrastructure. To prevent such attacks from happening, you should limit the number of privileged users, use a privilege bracketing concept and implement other security measures on your network. Doing this will protect sensitive company data from being exposed through cyberattacks.
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Username controls provide an efficient means of restricting computer access. From physical protections and restricting which devices can communicate (air-gapped networks are an ideal example), to creating verifiable identities, issuing trusted credentials, and de-provisioning access as necessary, username controls can help limit risk associated with data breaches and lateral movement. You might also consider restricting auto-capitalizing their email addresses or usernames in plain-text fields; this feature is particularly helpful on smartphones where it’s hard for users to remember which case they need. You could even assign users another primary username instead!
To manage what usernames your users enter, drop and configure the Password and Username Control on a page on your e-Business website and set its Web Settings.
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