Why you need to think about both your security and your users when implementing authorization

Published by Alex Olivier on December 10, 2023
Why you need to think about both your security and your users when implementing authorization

The full article is available on Hackernoon.

In my professional journey across various industries, I've come to appreciate the importance of a finely tuned authorization system, especially as it intersects with cybersecurity needs. It's essential not just for safeguarding but for seamlessly tailoring permissions to suit both your internal team and the broader user base. In the complex landscape of global markets and regulatory rules like GDPR and CCPA, a well-crafted authorization framework is not just a mechanism of defense but a strategic tool integral to your product, shaping the user journey while respecting the intricate web of data security laws.

How can you balance security and user experience in an authorization system?

One of the critical aspects of a robust authorization system is its ability to cater to the diverse needs of enterprise customers. Often, enterprises face the challenge of fitting a large number of employees into limited roles, leading to inefficiencies. I recall working with a big box retailer and an airline, each with tens of thousands of employees, struggling with a rudimentary permission system. This experience highlighted the importance of designing an authorization system that mirrors an organization's structure, encompassing teams, groups, and geographic locations.

A well-implemented system also provides comprehensive audit logs for breach analysis and preventive measures alongside user-friendly role assignments and permission settings. This includes integrating these features into the application's admin panel to avoid external site redirections and ensuring users have clear paths to understand and request permissions.

The full article is available on Hackernoon.

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