More employees are working remote than ever before, but the need for strong cyber security hasn’t changed. If anything, it’s more important, as personal devices, unsecured home WiFi networks, and untold apps and websites are being used by employees every day outside the purview of IT.
Businesses need to apply flexible, yet granular controls that ensure only the right people are accessing the right company data at the right time. In other words, employees need easy access, while IT maintains tight control over the company’s most important resources. With LastPass Identity, contextual policies like time-based access allow admins to set custom rules that keep employees working efficiently while preventing unauthorized access.
Why a time-based policy?
Most employees will need access to work apps in a specific window of time. IT can anticipate when any given employee is expected to work, and therefore when they will need access to their apps. Employee access in that window should be considered “normal” and low risk.
Similarly, IT can anticipate when any given employee should not be working. Attempted access to apps in off-hours can be flagged for higher security requirements (such as multi-factor authentication) or blocked entirely.
With a time-based access policy in place, IT admins can therefore restrict access only to the right employees at the right time, reducing risk of a data breach.
Using a time-based policy with LastPass
Time-based policies with LastPass Identity allow IT to reduce threats without impeding employee access during normal business hours. The time-based access policy applies to single sign-on applications that have been assigned to employees by IT.
“Normal”, of course, might look different for all employees across an organization. Time zones, individual employee work habits, and even specific apps can all impact the parameters of a policy. With LastPass, all of those factors can be taken into account when customizing a time-based policy for the best user experience.
In a time when IT has less physical oversight over employee access and authentication, contextual policies such as the time-based access policies add additional flexibility and control to securing a remote workforce. Watch our video to learn more about the benefits of a time-based access policy with LastPass Identity.