Access control is a key component of data security. In simple terms, access control means regulating who has the ability to access resources in a computing environment. At Policygenius, we implemented an access control policy around our Google Cloud resources following the principle of least privilege.

The principle of least privilege promotes minimal user privileges on computing resources, based on users’ job necessities. Ideally, each user should have the least authority necessary to perform their duties. This helps reduce the “attack surface” of the computing resources by eliminating unnecessary privileges that can result in network exploits and system compromises.

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Nilay Malpekar

Site Reliability Engineer @Policygenius

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