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Managed Program Models can Help Improve User Access Privileges

Posted on Tue, Dec 27, 2011

IT ConsultingMost businesses have experienced challenges from time to time in the area of user privileges and permissions.  While every organization has a stake in making sure that employees can only use workstations and network resources to perform functions necessary for their role in the business, establishing procedures that lock down systems too much is also counterproductive.  Blanket permission rules rarely work as intended.

For example, in order to protect the whole network's integrity and help prevent malware intrusions, ordinary users may not be allowed to install any software applications.  They must instead refer such requests to the IT department.  While a sound policy in many ways, this can interfere with productivity and workflow when a worker urgently needs a small program such as an undelete utility to be accessible. 

One solution to this conundrum is to employ a managed program approach that makes use of a sophisticated platform to manage user access.  Such programs provide much more nuanced controls than does the native Windows OS and can help regulate the levels of access that are granted to programs as well as to operating system functions.  Rules can be created and automated, but because an access system that is set in stone will quickly develop conflicts, such as those described, it is important to approach it from a managed programs perspective so that visiting IT company staff can regularly adjust and fine tune access levels as needed in the organization.

 

Tags: IT Consulting, Security, Managed Programs

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