Pros and Cons of Two Distinct Access Control Models

Access control is the assortment of policies and technologies that identifies a person’s access by authenticating them for performing a specific job. It bounds access to resources within the community. Simply put, it provides a network grant to an individual through a username and a password. With the help of given data, the individual will access the required files, data, and system to work. 

The access models support equipping keys to the users for accessing the resources. There are different access control models which are used in the technology world. RBAC and PAM are the two distinct access control models with different benefits and drawbacks. This blog will provide you detailed information about the two.

Their security demands, infrastructure and other aspects of their access control models influence the business organizations to opt for them.

Role Based Access Control – Role-based access control model provides access based on the designation of an individual in the organization. It is depicted in the title of the model itself. In this model, the access control is directly dependent upon the designated role of the individual. As a result, the users get access to only those required resources for performing their jobs. 

To implement a Role based access control model in the organization, it is essential to define different designated roles within the organization. It also requires defining their access control to each resource. 

Here are the advantages and disadvantages of RBAC. 

Advantages of RBAC 

  • This model has lower risk exposure as it only provides the designated control access to the resources.
  • The team of security professionals can make uniform policies across the organization.
  • Due to well-defined roles and resources, it is effortless to maintain this access control model.

Disadvantages of RBAC 

  • It advances the risk of over-privileging users due to layered roles and permissions.
  • It becomes harder to retain the security as there are several coinciding roles. 

Privileged Access Management Privileged Access Management works with a fusion of people, different processes, and technology.More than 53% of the business organizations encountered stealing of confidential credentials. Additionally, 85% of those thefts resulted in violations of critical systems. It is a classification of role-based access control designed to defend against breaches of critical systems. It helps close, reign, supervise, and monitor privileged access to critical assets.  In addition, these systems execute network security best practices, such as eradicating shared passwords and manual processes.

Here are the benefits and drawbacks of PAM.

Advantages of PAM 

  • With the help of the PAM solution, it becomes easy to keep track of privileged users for their unusual logging to access the resources.
  • Imposing access control to common passwords, manual processes, and shared credentials eliminates the security risks. 
  • PAM can quickly abolish the access of individuals who no longer need them to conduct their working activities. 

 Disadvantages of PAM 

  • Implementing PAM demands an investment of money and time within already curbed IT systems.
  • IT professionals can be invulnerable to closer security measures.

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