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What is Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)?

by Iwan Price-Evans on Security • June 17, 2022

Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) is an access control system that allows users to be assigned permissions based on their role within an organization. It helps prevent unauthorized access by limiting user privileges.

How Does RBAC Work?

RBAC works by assigning different permissions to different groups of people. Each group is given a unique identifier called a role. A role represents a type of user, such as a manager or employee. Roles are then associated with one or more permissions. A permission is a privilege that gives a user access to a particular resource.

What Are the Benefits of RBAC?

RBAC is a powerful security solution that will help protect your company against cybersecurity vulnerabilities. If implemented correctly, RBAC will provide significant protection against malicious attacks.

RBAC also enables multiple teams to work together in a single platform with access and admin permissions appropriate to their role. In general, admins will follow the principle of least privilege, granting users the least amount of access necessary to fulfill their responsibilities.

This model also enables managed service providers (MSPs) to manage access control for multiple clients.

How Do I Set Up RBAC?

To set up RBAC, you need to first identify what roles exist within your organization. Then, you must assign each role with permission levels. You should also define who has access to each role. Finally, you must configure the RBAC settings so that only authorized users can perform certain actions.