1. Permissions Audit

Zum Berechtigungs-AuditFile system consolidationData access governanceIdentity & access management

Determining access rights and directory structures in evolved data systems

The first step toward optimizing user and permissions management is to carefully examine the existing situation.

Most companies issue clear guidelines for administering information and access rights. Despite this, the growing volume of data and personnel turnover mean that more and more IT departments are encountering problems and are not in control of all permissions. If sensitive data then leaks into the public domain, the damage to the company’s reputation is often even more serious than the direct financial loss or legal consequences.

Permissions concepts and procedures are required that can keep pace with the huge flow of data and ongoing changes and will fulfill the regulatory requirements in this sphere, such as those contained in SOX, GDPdU, GoBS or the German Data Protection Act, for example. This is where the first stage of econet’s methodical approach comes into play.

Who has permission to do what when accessing data?

econet’s specialists can scan and analyze the permissions information throughout the entire file system and the Active Directory and ascertain the following key information:

  • Who has what permissions in which areas?
  • Where do the rights change in the file structure?
  • Who owns the data?
  • Are there any weak points or compliance infringements? And much more.

The results of the Permissions Audit can be used to check the permissions concept and optimize it if necessary.

Reporting or actively administering permissions

Anyone content with checking which access permissions are in effect – either on an ad hoc basis, or at regular intervals – and receiving this information in easily comprehensible reports would benefit from econet’s cost-effective, high-performance Reporting Studio service, which is utterly reliable even in systems containing several hundred thousand files.Anyone looking for organized file-service administration that offers a central overview of all current permissions at any given time and allows the data owners to assume responsibility for data access should consider the next stage in econet’s methodical approach – file system consolidation.