An access control policy documents and specifies the resources that employees, management, contractors, business partners and customers can access. It also states when and where such access can take place.
An access control policy points out the following high-level concerns:
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A fundamental aspect of implementing a business's access control system is developing the access control policy.
An access control policy is the strategic foundation of all the best access control systems. Every company should decide the data and resources each employee should be able to access.
Determining everyone's proper place is the result of extensive thought and planning.
For example, company CEOs have ultimate control over all business decisions and need access to extensive data. Yet CEOs wouldn't have access to detailed accounts payable or receivable accounting systems as a measure to prevent internal fraud. CEOs might also not have free access to a factory floor because they lack the training and gear to move safely around.
Smart business practices require predictability, risk management, regulatory compliance and process controls.
Access breaches can cause damage, such as the loss of computer systems, theft and injury. An access control policy enables a business to anticipate and lower potential risks.
Key elements to include in an access control policy:
Models are the step between creating a policy and implementing it. They include detailed rule descriptions that don't depend on any given hardware, software or other mechanisms.
Mechanisms can be software-based, such as an access control list or a physical item like a key or swipe card. Proper documentation will record which mechanisms will be used where.
Crisis management refers to the identification of a threat to an organization and its stakeholders in order to mount an effective response to it.
Due to the unpredictability of global events, many modern organizations attempt to identify potential crises before they occur in order to sketch out plans to deal with them. When and if a crisis occurs, the organization must be able to drastically change its course in order to survive.
Cloud computing is on-demand access, via the internet, to computing resources—applications, servers (physical servers and virtual servers), data storage, development tools, networking capabilities, and more—hosted at a remote data center managed by a cloud services provider (or CSP). The CSP makes these resources available for a monthly subscription fee or bills them according to usage.
Cloud computing has the following benefits:
Reclaiming our power over our stressful lives requires emotional energy management for intentional stress relief. We must release the standard go-tos which, surprisingly, do more damage than good. This includes anything that stifles our emotions or keeps us distracted, preventing us from dealing with feelings of stress.
Avoiding our feelings is culturally popular and acceptable, but ineffective at relieving stress and usually involves practices that further deplete our mood and energy. Facing our emotions directly and deliberately allows us to achieve unfeigned stress relief.
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