access control

Externalized authorization management

Cut your security costs and improve critical asset availability, use and value.

How externalized authorization management separates policy management from application lifestyle management?

Application security is often the last piece of the puzzle when developing and building applications. Yet it’s one of the most important parts, because without it, enterprises are exposing themselves to potential cyberattacks and limiting the ability to securely share assets.

Typically, information and application access policies are hard coded into an application. These are only updated according to your application lifestyle management plan, and not necessarily when authorization policies have been renewed and regulations have changed. Not surprising, when it can require months of coding efforts and man hours to make any policy changes.

Externalized authorization management leverages the principle that software code should be decoupled based on the function it serves. Instead of delivering applications with authorization hard-coded, a software developer simply implements core business functionality and reuses common blocks for nonfunctional aspects such as authentication, logging, and data storage. In other words, externalized authorization separates the management of access control policies from the application development lifecycle.

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Pros of externalized authorization management

Externalized authorization offers enterprises and large public organizations many benefits, without impacting IT architectures.

Save on coding requirements

With one repository for policy management, all coding is done once, centrally, rather than at every access point.

Eliminate policy/regulatory backlogs

You no longer have to prioritize the order in which applications need updating, it’s done centrally in them all.

Focus on business development

Allocating developers to update authorization in an app rather than build new value-adding functionality becomes a thing of the past.

Simplify auditing

Auditing multiple apps to prove authorization meets regulations is time-consuming. It’s automated with externalized authorization.

Avoid conflicts of interest

If authorization is being individually coded into each application it’s easy for conflicts of interest to occur. This is avoided when using policy based access control (PBAC)

Cons of externalized authorization management

Although there are many benefits of Attribute Based Access Control, not all organizations will have a need for it.

If you’re not building applications or don’t have highly sensitive data that needs to be shared according to strict regulations then you won’t benefit from externalizing authorization just yet.

Why should your organization externalize authorization

Business today revolves around speed and IT has to deliver on this. Collaboration has to be effective – particularly now that so many people are working remotely. Seamless and secure asset sharing is a necessity. If it can’t be achieved, innovation will slow down along with time to market.

The arguments for adopting externalized authorization management are clear for enterprises and public organizations that must share sensitive information. However, there remains a reluctance among some developers to do this. Removing data security from the app may seem counterproductive to some, but it improves security and frees up time for other coding responsibilities.

With so many organizations accelerating their digital journey why should authorization remain static when standardized dynamic solutions are available? It’s time to get dynamic with your data and share it securely.


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