Advantages Of Conditional Access

It seems that nearly as long as passwords have been around, they’ve been a major source of security concern.

Eighty-one percent of security incidents happen due to stolen or weak passwords. Additionally, employees continue to neglect the basics of good cyber hygiene.

Access and identity management have become a priority for many organizations.

Once a cybercriminal gets a hold of an employee’s login, they can access the account and any data that it contains. Using conditional access policies can mitigate the risk of an account breach.

What Is Conditional Access? Conditional access is also known as contextual access. It is a method of controlling user access. You can think of it as several “if/then” statements, meaning “if” this thing is present, “then” do this.

Conditional access allows you to add many conditions to the process of user access to a system. It is typically used with MFA.

This is to improve access security without unnecessarily inconveniencing users. Some of the most common contextual factors used include the IP address that is associated with the user, the geographic location if the login, time of day, the type of device used and the role or group the user belongs to.

Implementing conditional access for identity management will improve security, automates the access management process, and allows the business to restrict certain activities.

Another advantage of conditional access is the ability to apply the principal of least privilege, making sure that users can only access appropriate resources.