Home | Community | Blog 

NextLabs Blog

In the attribute-based access control (ABAC) architecture, the policy information points (PIP) are the system entity that act as a source of attribute values.

Authorization as a Service (AaaS) refers to using third-party service technology to manage authorization in all of your applications. Instead of manually changing individual authorization policies when there are changes in the company, AaaS technology allows you to centrally manage authorization across your applications.

Centralized policy management is an essential component of a successful Zero Trust implementation. By consolidating and managing access policies from a central location, a centralized policy management system helps organizations streamline their security posture, automate policy enforcement, and ensure compliance with regulations and best practices.

Document security refers to measures taken to prevent data in documents from being wrongfully accessed, manipulated, or reproduced. Examples of document security measures include encrypting documents, controlling access to confidential information, and monitoring the use of documents and files.

File security refers to the methods and techniques used to protect files and data from unauthorized access, theft, modification, or deletion. It involves using various security measures to ensure that only authorized users can access the files, and that the files are protected from malware, viruses, and other security threats.

Dynamic Data Masking refers to masking of data where the decision on whether to mask the data in question is determined at the time of the data access request and is based on attribute values of the user requesting access, the data itself, and the environment or context in which the request is being made.

The current exponential growth of global digital business networks results in the need for enterprises to apply DRM for managing, controlling, and securing critical online assets from unauthorized users. NextLabs SkyDRM is a Digital Rights Management solution that provides persistent protection to safeguard files and enables secure sharing.

Digital Rights Management, DRM for short, involves managing, controlling, and securing data from unauthorized users. Traditional DRM technologies are often associated with the prevention of unauthorized access and distribution of consumer-facing media, such as music, movies, images, and games. However, this concept can also be applied to enterprises to address the data protection needs when collaborating and sharing business-critical data across internal and external stakeholders.

Information Rights Management extends far beyond traditional data security measures. It is the solution that allows organizations to maintain the integrity of their data, protecting it from unauthorized access and potential breaches. It secures critical information, such as intellectual property, financial records, and healthcare data, with a level of precision that conventional security methods cannot achieve.

What is Cloud Native?

Cloud native refers to the process of developing and deploying applications that make use of the distributed computing capabilities provided by the cloud delivery model. With the aid of this technology, businesses can develop and operate scalable applications in modern, dynamic environments including public, private, and hybrid clouds.

Policy enforcement in data security refers to the process of ensuring that the security policies and procedures implemented by an organization are followed consistently by its employees, partners, and stakeholders. It involves using various technical and administrative controls to prevent unauthorized access, use, disclosure, modification, or destruction of sensitive information.

In this article, we’ll be covering the differences between Policy Based Access Control (PBAC) and Attribute Based Access Control (ABAC), along with how ABAC can be used to extend Role-Based Access Control (RBAC).

Segregation of duties (SoD), also called separation of duties, is a fundamental aspect to sustainable internal controls and risk management. SoD is designed to prevent fraud and errors by ensuring at least two individuals are responsible for separate areas of a task.

Document security, or document access security, is the process of safeguarding documents and files from unwanted access or theft. It also refers to procedures carried out to prevent data from being manipulated or reproduced wrongfully.

Row-Level Security, or RLS, refers to the practice of controlling access to data in a database by row, so that users are only able to access the data they are authorized for.

Policy-Based Access Control is a method of controlling user access to one or more systems, where access privileges are determined by combining the business responsibilities of the user with policies.

NextLabs’ ACPL is a fourth-generation policy language (4GL) based on the XACML standard for access control that enables easy usage for non-technical users to learn and understand. It is both an access language, request/response language and reference architecture.

As enterprises embrace various cloud applications, new challenges arise for digital rights management in terms of balancing information sharing and security which can lead to vulnerabilities such as cyber-attacks and data breaches. File-sharing services have some level of native security built into them, but it’s not enough to fully protect your data once it’s been shared.

The network perimeter is no longer the key component to safeguarding enterprise data. A zero-trust strategy is necessary today. Zero-trust encompasses a set of principles that safeguards subjects, enterprise assets, and resources. These principles include “never trust, always verify”, “assume breach” and “least privileged access”.

A Policy Administration Point (PAP) is a component of a policy engine. PAP's are often used by enterprise administrators to define fine-grained access entitlements for enterprise users who need access to managed software components and provides centralized policy administration, management, and monitoring of access policies through the PAP administration control center.

What is DataSecOps?

Many businesses operate in a data access mode known as “default to know,” particularly when they are in hyper-growth mode. The result is that there can be an uncontrolled and overly permissive approach to data access which can lead to hidden costs in terms of security and compliance. Now, it is possible to transition from “default to know” to “need to know” without stifling innovation by using DataSecOps.

A Policy Enforcement Point (PEP) protects an enterprise’s data by enforcing access control as a vital component of the XACML architecture. A PEP works with a Policy Decision Point (PDP) to interpret policies to control the behavior of the network devices in order to satisfy both the users and administrators of network resources.

As more data is shared across enterprise networks, file servers, and cloud environments, organizations need a solution to not only protect data within the enterprise but also when shared. This brings about the question, how do you continuously protect data once the file has been shared? The answer is persistent file protection.

Product designs created by designers and engineers with Computer-Aided Design (CAD) tend to be deemed as intellectual property (IP) of the organization. Very often, these valuable assets need to be shared internally with employees and externally, which becomes risky. Digital Rights Management is crucial to mitigate these risks.

Data-centric security involves technologies, processes, and policies whose focus is on the location of the data, its collection, storage, and visibility. It seeks to protect data throughout its lifecycle rather than conventional approaches which entail securing networks, servers, and applications. The concept of data-centric security is based on five key elements: identifying, understanding, controlling, protecting, and auditing.

A Policy Decision Point (PDP) is a mechanism that evaluates access requests to resources against the authorization policies that apply to all requests for accessing that resource to determine whether specific access should be granted to the particular user who issued the request. Part of the PDP’s responsibility is to find a policy that applies to a given request.

Because of the potential impact unauthorized access can have on a business, it is very important that organizations implement robust data segregation measures to limit access to sensitive data. On shared systems, since data cannot be segregated physically, it must be segregated virtually, using a combination of data access policies and encryption to make it impossible for unauthorized access to the data.

Many enterprises need to securely protect information and comply with export control regulations. Export controls govern the information that cannot be shared with international suppliers without first obtaining a license or approval. This limits the sensitive data transferred to foreign countries or representatives, with the goal of protecting national security and implementing foreign policies.

If you’re unfamiliar with dynamic authorization, it could very well be the biggest little secret you’ll hear regarding data security. Dynamic authorization brings a wide range of benefits to the table. From protecting sensitive data, to keeping compliance officers happy, to simplifying IT administration, dynamic authorization best positions companies to succeed in an increasingly globalized and collaborative business environment.

If you work with intellectual property, handle sensitive materials, or are subject to regulatory compliance, you need to safeguard your digital assets. The ideology has shifted from “if” a data breach occurs, to “when” it will occur. Chasing dynamic data with static security models will not support a fast-moving company. The paradigm is shifting to Attribute-Based Access Control (ABAC) to redefine data protection. 

Join NextLabs’ Community 

Login or create a NextLabs ID to receive unlimited access to white papers, case studies, and solution briefs.

NextLabs Community Members also receive newsletters, product updates, and other exclusive NextLabs news.