Enterprises need to have an automated method to implement segregation of duties – the practice ensures that users are not empowered to entitlements which could put the enterprise at risk.
Definition wise: Segregation of Duties (SoD) is a key internal control intended to minimize the occurrence of errors or fraud by ensuring that no employee has the ability to both perpetrate and conceal errors or fraud in the normal course of their duties.
Examples of SoD:
For instance, a financial application that deals with payroll should not be accessible to the user who has access to a sales application, as it creates a conflict of interest.
In the context of group assignments, SOD rules can be applied to flag conflicts in group assignments. For example, a user should not simultaneously belong to a group that grants IT administrative privileges and another group that oversees financial transactions. Such conflicts can be detected using SOD rules, ensuring that users within groups do not possess conflicting access rights.
Is it a problem? Yes it is!
A lack of SoD controls leads to fraud – specifically insider risk manipulating the systems to conduct fraud against the enterprise.
It’s not only a threat – it’s a growing threat, according to a report in CFODive..
- The average annual cost of insider cybersecurity threats increased to $16.2 million during the past 12 months, a 40% increase over four years, according to research conducted by the Ponemon Institute.
- The biggest costs associated with insider risks came after the incident had occurred, with containment and remediation representing the most expensive areas at $179,209 and $125,221 per incident, respectively
But Aren’t Enterprises Addressing Insider Threat?
No – the quick answer is no.
- Despite the growing cost of insider risks, 88% of organizations spent less than 10% of their total IT security budget on insider risk management, according to study above.
Why Enterprises Need YouAttest for SoD:
To address the issue of SoD and insider fraud – enterprises need to put the controls on what they have and find solutions that INTEGRATE into the existing technology. Most organizations don’t have the time, resources or capital for a complete overhaul of their current identity systems.
This is where YouAttest provides its value.
YouAttest has an industry-unique ability to quickly integrate into the IAM solutions that enterprises have today: Azure AD, Okta, JumpCloud, PingOne and AD.
YouAttest has pre-built connectors that integrate into these systems in minutes not months. This is how YouAttest is able to conduct its user access reviews – which YouAttest has accomplished 3.1M+ to date!
YouAttest SoD Rules for Application Audits
Organizations can create SOD rules to ensure that conflicting access permissions are flagged in YouAttest Audits.
For instance, a financial application that deals with payroll should not be accessible to the user who has access to a sales application, as it creates a conflict of interest. By implementing SOD rules, administrators can automate the process of cross-verifying application assignments. If a conflict arises, the system can automatically flag it within the audit, preventing users from being assigned applications that could lead to potential fraud, errors, or misuse of sensitive information.
YouAttest SoD Rules for Group Audits
In the context of group assignments, SoD rules can be applied to flag conflicts in group assignments. For example, a user should not simultaneously belong to a group that grants I.T administrative privileges and another group that oversees financial transactions. Such conflicts can be detected using SoD rules, ensuring that users within groups do not possess conflicting access rights. By incorporating SoD checks into group assignments, organizations can maintain a clear separation of duties, reducing the risk of internal fraud and unauthorized access.
Group Audit highlighting users that are in conflict based on the enterprise Group SoD rules.
YouAttest SoD rules aim to highlight conflicting assignments within an audit campaign and by identifying and preventing these conflicts, organizations reduce the risk of abuse or errors that could occur when users have conflicting access.
YouAttest is the only cloud-based IGA platform that deploys in minutes via application SSO into your existing IAM platform. Contact us to learn how YouAttest can automate your SoD practices, your access review process and help your enterprise enforce the Principle of Least Privilege.