Introducing Powerful Continuous Authorization for Zero Trust Access
What Is Continuous Authorization and Why Does It Matter?
Controlling when, from where, under which specific conditions a user can access particular applications, and its data is a crucial element of a Zero Trust security framework. With remote access and BYOD gaining popularity, continuous authorization is a process that allows IT security teams to authorize devices and users through a set of rules to protect application servers, networks and data. Rules can be related to a specific usage context or various factors such as:
- Device profile
- Device attributes
- Network attributes
- Application integrity
We use the term “informed access” to describe the next level of authorization at which a system gets confirmation that a particular user is genuine, compliant, and trusted.
To ensure the maximum level of security, during the access and application usage any changes assessed dynamically and continuously. With the Continuous Authorization feature set within TransientAccess, individual sessions can be controlled in real-time based on the current risk assessment and access rules. Continuous Authorization provides a scalable way to handle a variety of scenarios where a user may be suspect, or a device might be at risk. For example, a legitimate user might try to access the network using a device with an outdated operating system. Transient Access can detect such an outdated system and deny policy access. The user is informed that the situation must be corrected before access is granted. Such a self-service process has additional benefits, such as reducing calls to the help desk and eliminating the need for IT intervention.
Enable Seamless, Secure Access with Continuous Policy Authorization
“Continuous Authorization“, its continuous control can reduce your attack surface by automatically requiring a higher level of assurance for user/device validation from certain IP addresses or geolocations. They can also evaluate a number of criteria, like whether an app is memory injected, before granting access to a resource dynamically.
Continuous authorization is much more than ensuring that a user has the correct credentials. It uses dynamic continuous policy checking-making to attain a level of assurance that a user is who they claim to be. Then, it will only permit access to a policy if that level of assurance exceeds the level of risk associated with the context of the request.
The level of risk can be determined using contextual, behavioral, or correlated data associated with a user, as well as the risk associated with the resource they’re trying to access. Continuous authorization policies might evaluate a combination of user identity attributes, geolocation, user activity, IP address, or other details before deciding how to authorize the access request. That dynamic policy decision is what differentiates continuous authorization from traditional authentication/authorization approaches.
Similarly, Continuous Authorization is more than just a binary rule to determine if a user gets access to a resource or not. Even after initial access rights are confirmed, it still continuously checking whether any user/device/network-related attributes for changes match the level of assurance attained during authentication to the level of risk associated with a resource. Authorization becomes continuous when a policy dynamically decides whether or not to require additional levels of assurance before granting access to a resource. Only after the appropriate level of assurance is achieved can access be granted.
How to Configure Continuous Authorization for your Policies
Access can apply a combination of rules according to defined conditions. Under policies, predefined authorization rules are created by the TransientAccess software and ready to use anytime, or an IT team can create its own rules based on the organization’s specific needs.
To define continuous authorization rules, you can enter the policy section and update the relevant policy, enter the continuous authorization tab and apply the defined rules within various categories instantly. These rules will be instantly effective for users and platforms for which the relevant policy is defined.
Continuous Authorization Categories
- Network attributes authorization rules
- Time-based authorization rules
- Location-based authorization rules
- Device attributes authorization rules
As many authorization rules can be added as desired within the policy and reporting or blocking features can be activated accordingly. Within each category, it can be seen that many rules related to the relevant section have been determined and can be used directly.
In the access process of users, time or location-based rules can also be defined on a policy basis. In time-based rules, it is possible to access certain days of the week or month, within certain hours and only within a certain date range. Similarly, only the desired city or country entries can be made as a location, and access requests coming from outside these defined areas can be blocked or reported.
Within the scope of Continues authorization rules, all blocking or reporting activities that match these rules are detailed in the security logs. Here, it is possible to reach all detailed information with IP reputation, device metadata data.
Unmanaged devices are fully protected
In today’s business environment, mobility and comfort are essential for both contractors and employees. Users who access critical business applications and information, even outside of corporate boundaries, expect the same level of speed and convenience they enjoy when transacting on their favorite shopping sites.
Continuous, knowledgeable authorization solutions provide a systematic way of achieving this fast, convenient and secure access with minimal IT involvement and maximum speed and simplicity for the user. Contact Us if you’d like to know more about zero-trust access or go here to get TransientAccess now for free!