Security Management Enhancements in DocAve Governance Automation Service Pack 5

Post Date: 08/29/2014
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Organizations using DocAve Governance Automation have readily embraced the system’s ability to provide a managed process around security provisioning to proactively prevent breaches on newly provisioned SharePoint objects and continuously monitor content security over time. The benefits of using Governance Automation for security management initiatives include:
  • Security provisioning and change requests fulfillment on demand based on business need, with the ability to centrally audit and track all changes
  • Involvement of business owners that have insight on content sensitivity into the security review process with multi-stage approval, enabling compliance officers to enforce data governance
  • Continual monitoring of who has access to what content with scheduled permissions recertification, enabling you to stay apprised of the latest content and permissions to ensure access is given only to those who should have it
  • Automated removal of permissions after a set time period to provide stricter security control with less effort
  • Relieving IT of the traditionally manual and repetitive administrative task of assigning permissions with an automated and seamless process, freeing time to focus on business value adding activities
In addition to these scenarios, many organizations also require the ability to specify which permission levels users are allowed to request. Understandably, administrators are not always comfortable giving business users full control permissions, as it gives the ability to not only make significant changes that could potentially damage the environment but also provides access to documents and information the user may not be privy to. Because of this, many administrators require more granular control over permission group membership and what kinds of rights users inherit when they join a group. To meet this need, Governance Automation Service Pack (SP) 5 features a newly redesigned security management interface for the solution’s “Create Site Collection” and “Create Site” provisioning services with the following additional business scenarios in mind: 1. Allow the assignment of native SharePoint permission groups, custom permission groups, and direct granting of user permissions inclusively during the provisioning process. 2. Enable administrators to mandate permission levels that are to be excluded from request forms so that end users will not be able to grant another user full control permission when it goes against the organization’s data governance policy. 3. Allow administrators to ensure that specific Active Directory (AD) Users and AD Groups become members of specific permissions groups according to their role within the organization and cannot be removed as part of the request process, while still allowing business users to add additional users to the permissions groups as well. The user permissions mandated by administrators can be hidden from the request form if necessary. [caption id="attachment_3561" align="alignnone" width="660"]The new and improved interface for security assignment during the site and site collection provisioning process. The new and improved interface for security assignment during the site and site collection provisioning process.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3562" align="alignnone" width="674"]Mandate specific AD users or AD groups to a permission group and optionally hide this information on the request form. Mandate specific AD users or groups to a permission group and optionally hide this information on the request form.[/caption] The ability to prevent business users from requesting certain permission levels is carried over to Governance Automation’s “Grant Permissions” service, where the administrator can mandate permission level exclusions on the request form. The exclusions apply to both granting a user permissions directly and permissions inherited by adding them to a SharePoint group. For example, a requester will not be able to add other users to the SharePoint site owners group if the full control permission level is excluded from the request page. [caption id="attachment_3563" align="alignnone" width="661"]Security settings in Governance Automation’s “Grant Permissions” service. Security settings in Governance Automation’s “Grant Permissions” service.[/caption] As you can see, Governance Automation SP 5 provides administrators more flexibility when managing security assignments throughout the process of provisioning and granting permission requests. Administrators can now be more proactive in helping prevent security breaches by ensuring that only the appropriate permission levels are available for user requests, instead of relying on users to reject inappropriate permission requests during the approval process. With the ability to prevent users from granting full control permission to others, Governance Automation helps eliminate permissions sprawl as users will no longer be able to grant others permissions directly within SharePoint but rather request permissions through the managed process that the solution provides.  The ability to mandate specific AD users or groups to both native and custom permission groups ensures that all the accountable business users are given the necessary permissions to do their jobs. In the next post, we will discuss the powerful enhancements made to enable administrators to automate content database management. In the meantime, please visit our product page for more information, videos, and screenshot tour of DocAve Governance Automation. To try the solution for yourself, download a free, 30-day trial today!

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