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Access transparency is a process of obtaining visibility and clarity into the access control methods and processes. It helps teams to understand and audit access decisions and actions.
As mentioned above, access transparency is a principle that enables organizations to make all their operations related to data access completely transparent. It is a highly critical and significant component of access management. As organizations globally are moving to the cloud for increased flexibility, productivity, and cost efficiency, more and more users become part of the infrastructure. New personnel are recruited, or new vendors are added to the list, opening more doorways. Some doorways lead to some critical resources, such as sensitive systems or data. It is important that organizations have transparency across the access activities to prevent any potential data breaches or compliance risks. After all, those risks lead to financial losses, reputation damage, and a breach of customer trust. Access transparency involves monitoring, tracking, and auditing of data access activities. When all these activities are documented, they can enable teams to understand their data's security and privacy posture and optimize it accordingly.
There are many reasons why access transparency is an essential part of an access management strategy. Let’s take a quick look at some of the top most important reasons:
Organizations can achieve access transparency by considering the following:
Following are some best practices organizations may consider to ensure access transparency.