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Discover All You Need to Know about Access Control

Alex Kasten
By Alex Kasten

A recent CSO Online article featuring UMUC adjunct Ted Wagner offers a guide to what it is, why it’s important, and who needs it the most.

What is “access control” and why is it important? Simply put, access control is the security technique for regulating who has access to your physical environment to the data in a computing environment. From a cybersecurity perspective, the ability to control who gains access to your data is critically important to the security, safety, and digital hygiene of your organization.

Much has been written about the importance of access control and its governance, but an article titled “What is access control? 5 enforcement challenges security professionals need to know” by James A. Martin pulls all of the elements of the topic together into a comprehensive explanation of what access controls are, why we need them, and the critical policy challenges for enforcing them.

The article features insights from Ted Wagner, CISO at SAP National Security Services, Inc., and adjunct assistant professor in cybersecurity at University of Maryland University College.

Read the full article.