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Granular Access 

Offers precise management of permissions within a system, by allowing administrators to specify the exact actions each user or role can perform on a given resource.

  Allows better control over who can access what, and when.

  Granular access levels for task-specific authorization

  Role-based permission assignment for streamlined user management

  Restriction of access to essential system parts for finer oversight

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What is Granular Access Control

What is Granular Access Control?

Granular access control means giving specific permissions to users or groups, allowing them access to the resources or data they need, and nothing more. Granular access control aka granular security mechanism enables a business to manage and restrict access levels of their data and resources, in a highly detailed way. Rather than giving complete access to users, it breaks down permissions into specific actions or objectives, ensuring users only have the access they need and no more.

Granular access control is an important component under Identity and Access Management (IAM) and Privileged Access Management (PAM). In simple terms, granular access control acts as a safety net. It separates those who can see or modify data from those who can carry out tasks. This strengthens security and clearly defines roles within an organization or system.

Additionally, through role-based capabilities, PAM limits actions users can undertake on remote applications, including SSH, RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol), and database systems. This strategy effectively reduces standing privileges, ensuring users can only execute operations specifically provisioned to them.

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Types of Granular Access offered by miniOrange

When determining the specific security requirements for granular permissions within your organization, you have several options to consider

Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)

RBAC is based on granular access control that limits access based on the user’s role in an organization, where every role has specific permissions associated with it. Instead of assigning permissions to each user, they are assigned to a role, that defines their level of access.

  • Role-Based Assignment: Grants Access through predefined organizational roles with specific permissions.
  • Privilege Allocation: Configure privileges within roles to specify allowed actions.
  • Dynamic Access Control: Allows administrators to customize permissions based on job function.

Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)

Attribute-Based Access Control (ABAC)

Attribute-Based Access Control (ABAC)

Access control is defined by user attributes like user role, time, rank, location, etc. Access to data and resources is granted based on the combination of these attributes.

  • Enhances security by considering factors beyond traditional role-based models.
  • Utilizes flexible policies to define how attributes relate to permissions.
  • Evaluates multiple attributes (e.g., job title, time of day, resource sensitivity) for context-aware access control decisions.

Mandatory-Based Access Control (MBAC)

In an MBAC system, the administrator implements controls specifically for high-security environments. Access is granted or denied based on the sensitivity of the information within the resources and the user’s security clearance level, such as confidential or top secret.

  • Utilized in the military & government sectors, to reduce the risk of data breaches.
  • Enables administrators to grant or restrict file access depending on a user's security clearance level.

Mandatory-Based Access Control (MBAC)

Discretionary-Based Access Control (DBAC)

Discretionary-Based Access Control (DBAC)

DBAC allows users to manage access to their resources, enabling them to decide who can access their data & under what conditions. Users have the option to set access rights and set the conditions for this access as it can introduce security risks if permissions are not carefully maintained.

  • Operates on the principle of individually controlled permissions.
  • It offers flexibility and user-centric management.

Features Of Granular Access Control

Total Security

A centralized platform manages credentials, tracks data, and controls resource access. Reduces data breach risk by limiting access to sensitive information & maintaining access logs. Remote management controls restricted area entry.

Better Privacy Management

Enables precise management of data types and usage, safeguarding sensitive data from alterations and maintaining detailed access logs with timestamps for heightened data security.


Offers customization beyond traditional RBAC. Enables fine-tuning access rights for individual users or specific groups within broader roles, and tailored restrictions on sensitive data based on job functions or information types

Regulatory Compliance

Facilitates detailed documentation and audit trails, ensuring compliance with industry standards and regulations such as HIPAA and GDPR.

Ensure compliance with our comprehensive security protocols throughout the entire product lifecycle for a seamlessly secure experience.








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Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Access Control?

Access control is a security technique that regulates who can view or use resources in an organization. It ensures that only authorized users, systems, or processes have access to specific resources, such as files, databases, and other critical assets. Access control determines the permissions of users and systems, which might include the ability to read, write, or modify data.

What are the 4 types of access control?

Mandatory Access Control (MAC), Role-Based Access Control (RBAC), Discretionary Access Control (DAC), and Rule-Based Access Control (RBAC) are the four main types of access control used to secure resources.

What does granular permission control mean?

Granular permission control refers to the ability to specify detailed and precise access rights for different users or groups. It allows system administrators to restrict access in a way that only specific users or groups can access certain tables of data in databases. This ensures that individuals have access only to the information they need for their roles.

How does granular access work?

Granular access works by allowing administrators to define who can have access to each part of a system, as well as what they can do with that access. This means permissions can be finely tuned so that each user or group only has the access necessary for their specific tasks. This detailed control helps to ensure security and operational efficiency by limiting access to sensitive areas and functions within a system.

What are the Six Ws of Granular Access Control?

The Six Ws of Granular Access Control

  • What: Granular access control is a method that restricts system access by limiting who can enter your organization's systems and what they can do once inside.
  • Who: defines who can access specific system parts based on their role. Access permissions are often grouped by roles to streamline management and ensure each user has the required access.
  • How: Users must authenticate their identity through robust methods beyond just passwords, like tokens or biometric verification. Granular access control ensures that the method of accessing a system is secure and appropriate to the level of sensitivity involved.
  • When: Granular access control also regulates when users can access systems, often limiting access within defined working hours or specific time frames. This helps prevent unauthorized access during off-hours.
  • Where: This approach controls where access can be granted, limiting login attempts to specific geographical locations or IP addresses. It ensures that access attempts from unauthorized locations are blocked, enhancing security.
  • Why: provides a multi-layered security strategy that is more effective than traditional methods like simple password protection. It reduces the risk of both external and internal threats by ensuring that only authorized users can access critical systems and data.
These elements combine to form a robust defense against unauthorized access, making granular access control a cornerstone of modern cybersecurity strategies.

What are granular roles and permissions?

Granular roles and permissions involve setting up a finely tuned system of access control within an organization. This system specifically creates four levels of access that a user or a folder can have on a document, ranging from basic viewing to full administrative rights like editing or deleting.

What is granularity in security?

Granularity in security refers to the detailed and precise control over access within a system. This concept allows administrators to define who can have access to each part of a system, as well as what they can do with that access. Granularity ensures that permissions are customized to the needs of the organization.

What can granular control access be configured for?

Granular control access can be configured for controlling access to data, managing applications, overseeing network resources, adjusting system settings, handling privileged access, governing cloud services, and regulating Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

What is the most granular type of access control?

Role Based Access Control (RBAC) is the most granular type of access control.

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