The cloud can be a huge part of any successful business, so long as you are able to keep control over it and utilize it to your business’ advantage. Centralized authority over your organization’s cloud access controls is critical to keeping it safe and functional. Let’s go over what this means and how you can achieve it.
You need to ensure that you have absolute control over your business’ technology. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it. You must be able to know who has access to what, and which devices can be used to access this information. This kind of control demands that you have purchase over your network domain; it is essentially your business’ group of computers that share rules and managerial controls. To this end, we recommend that your server resources be dedicated to managing and enforcing your IT policies network-wide. These resources are referred to as the domain controller.
An easy way to think about it is that the domain controller makes sure that any device added to the domain be held to the same policies. The following key features can then be enabled:
If you set up control over your network through the use of Active Directory, you can set limits to what different user groups can do. This is largely used to limit the influence of those who might implement shadow IT or insecure passwords.
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) has been on the rise. Your domain controller can be used to make sure that access to your network is granted only to devices that meet specific requirements.
Your business utilizes a lot of different technology, including all sorts of software solutions and configurations that must be accounted for. A specialized database can be used to ensure that you centralize authority over all of these different assets.
You can better manage services like Active Directory through the use of centralized authority. When you divide your users into groups, Active Directory makes it easy to give groups different permissions.
If you can centralize your network, you can make sure that everything is maintained and secured. Modern additions to the workplace, like BYOD and remote work, can complicate this pursuit, however.
Your biggest priority should be to ensure that you have full control over your business technology, which also means that you have the capabilities to ensure that your control is seamless. You can make sure this happens by controlling things to the point that a user only has access to what they need. This naturally leads to a higher base level of security.
Walsh IT Group wants to help your business achieve this level of security. To learn more, reach out to us at (832) 295-1445.
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