It goes without saying that a business leader's role comes with a lot of responsibility. Leaders are saddled with day-to-day tasks, including the management of multi-level teams, face time with outside clients, payroll and employee issues and keeping tabs on company goals.
Among these many tasks is the role of deciding which employees are allowed to access specific files.
As the IT environment of businesses grows — and the workforce becomes almost-exclusively reliant on computer access — the task of maintaining cybersecurity will only become more challenging. From small family-owned employers to major corporations, cybersecurity needs to be tackled from all angles.
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Also known as "rights and privileges," permissions are defined as the level of access given to users or network administrators. Depending on the job role, these rights will be detailed and monitored throughout the employee's time at the company. As an employee's role grows within the organization, it is common that their permissions will also grow, allowing them to utilize additional files. From contractors to longtime employees, there is a trust that has to be instilled prior to granting any level of permission. Some may only need access to write or read a file, while others will require the right to execute files and/or access rights to everything.
The most common way to determine which permissions should be assigned to different users is by implanting datasets. Establishing datasets will categorize employee permissions and maintain organization among the various groups of employees. They are also used to dictate which users have permission to add or remove other datasets from a group. To enhance flexibility, users can be assigned to authorization groups, all sharing the same set of rights. For example, if an intern is working with a particular employee, that employee will be able to authorize the intern's user level and whether he or she is allowed to read or edit certain files.