Guide: Access Control

RBAC System Design

The authorization process is regarded as the strategy, methods, and approach to restricting system access and ensuring that people get the appropriate level of access to various applications. This process allows them to carry out their defined roles while also maintaining the integrity of organizational guidelines that pertain to security and data protection.

This authorization process allows for flexibility without compromising security. Many functions and projects occur throughout a company throughout a year, month, and even week. It is important to have flexibility in your authorization process. It makes it easier to complete projects on tight schedules without giving many people high-level access.

In this regard, you may use the RBAC design to ensure a secure role-based access control architecture.

In this article, we will be covering the following topics:

RBAC Definition

RBAC is an acronym that stands for Role-Based Access Control. It is a strategy for limiting user system access by employing RBAC permissions and grants. This method is also known as authorization management.

What is RBAC Design?

The RBAC guidelines aim to improve the efficiency of administering controls between users, providers, and clients. Many businesses have implemented internal systems similar to this, although they typically get implemented through an antiquated and disorganized process.

 

The RBAC architecture gets structured chronologically and relationally, with the Role group serving as the highest level of organization. Permissions required to carry out a specific role get grouped under the corresponding role category. A role group can have one or more functions contained inside it. In other words, role groups inherit the cumulative RBAC permissions of all the role assignments. Modules can control access if required tightly.

RBAC Roles

An RBAC Role Definition must have each of the five semantic components below.

 

  • Name – A role’s name must be readable and have a business-friendly approach to distinguish it in the organization.
  • Description – You must mention the purpose of the RBAC role definition in the explanation.
  • Tags – Essential for managing various roles and designing responsibilities that other roles can control.
  • Role Assignments – These are the process of distributing responsibilities among individual users and groups.
  • Policies – precise rules and access settings ascribed to a specific position.

RBAC Tools

Some of the categories found in an RBAC tool are as follows.

 

  • The scope of a management role gets defined as the set of items a role group can handle.
  • The management role group users can add and delete members.
  • Managerial tasks can get carried out by a specialized set of people in a management position.
  • Management role assignment is associating a role with a role group.

RBAC Methodology

You can control End-user privileges to a broad or granular degree through role-based access control. In addition, one may specify if an individual user is an administrator, a professional user, or an end-user. One can also match responsibilities and access rights to the employees’ roles and job positions. The allocation of RBAC permissions is limited to the amount of access required for employees to perform their duties.

 

A user may have to assign a role to another user manually. Alternatively, roles can get assigned to a role group, and members of a role group can get added or removed using a role assignment rule.

Role-Based Policy

The Array of Statements is the main and the only element of a policy. It states that a policy can have multiple statements. The ability to save policies and reapply them throughout multiple jobs should be available. A policy is a set of authorization rules applied to individual role-based permissions.

Example of Role-Based Access Control

When an individual user gets added to a role group, the user gains access to every role contained within the group. When they get withdrawn, access to the site is severely restricted. Additionally, users may be allocated to several groups if they require temporary access to certain data or applications and then withdrawn from the group after the project gets completed.

 

The following are typical role-based access control examples.

 

  • Primary: the person who is the point of contact for a given account or function.
  • Billing: is only accessible to a single end-user through billing.
  • Technical: assigned to individual users or groups who perform technical duties.
  • Administrative: the permissions and access granted to those responsible for administrative responsibilities.

 

Additionally, there can be a managerial level and an individual user tier added in each of these roles. Each position has a different level of authority within the various applications that have specific permissions granted to each role. Therefore, you have plenty of flexibility and options for getting the necessary information into the hands of the employees with the skills to make your ideas a reality.

 

This feature is also extremely useful for companies that use freelancers.

Role-Based Access Control Implementation

Role-Based Access Control implementation within the firm should not be undertaken lightly or without careful thinking. You must take several general actions to bring the members on board without creating unwanted confusion or potential workplace discomfort.

 

Below is a list of points to consider when implementing role-based access control.

 

  • Current Status – This section lists the servers under lock and key. Security measures can be a crucial component of data protection strategies. Make a note of who has permission to each of these applications and places and their status.
  • Current Roles – It may take a brief discussion to determine each user’s responsibilities. Arrange the individual users and groups so that it does not suffocate innovation.
  • Policy – Even with an RBAC tool, a policy will aid in the prevention of potential problems with the system.
  • Make Modifications and Continue to Adapt.

Conclusion

Data protection is a critical business component for any firm. An RBAC system can help ensure that the information held by the company complies with privacy and confidentiality standards. Furthermore, through RBAC security, critical business activities, like access to intellectual property and impacting the organization’s ability to compete, are protected. 

 

With Satori, you can apply RBAC, as well as ABAC, on any data access to your data warehouses and databases. This is done regardless of their native capabilities. To learn more read about our product capabilities.