What is Least Privilege?
All you need to know about Least Privilege
In IT, the principle of least privilege (PoLP) refers to the concept that any process, program or user must be
provided with only the bare minimum privileges (access or permissions) needed to perform a function. For
instance, if a user account has been created for accessing database records, it need not have admin rights. Also, a
programmer responsible for updating lines of legacy code can do so without access to the company’s financial
PoLP is a cybersecurity best practice and often considered a critical step for protecting privileged access to a
businesses’ high-value assets and data (including customer/employee records). Since this principle extends
beyond the scope of human access, it is also applicable to systems, applications and connected devices that
require certain permissions or privileges to perform a task.
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