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Administrative privileges

Administrative privileges definition

Administrative privileges is a higher level of access than standard users enjoy. It allows someone with this access to perform actions and make changes on a computer or network that would otherwise be restricted. Administrative privileges are usually required for installing software, modifying system and security settings, and managing other users’ accounts.

This level of control and access to a system or network is necessary for certain users to perform their daily tasks, but it also enables them to purposefully or unintentionally cause harm, for example, a data breach. Therefore, to maintain the highest level of security, it is important to grant administrative privileges only to those users who really need them and have the necessary security training.

Why do businesses need different levels of privileges?

  • Security. Assigning users different levels of access reduces the risk of a user inadvertently or intentionally accessing or modifying sensitive data, which can help prevent data breaches and other security incidents.
  • Compliance. Some industries are subject to regulatory requirements on certain access controls. By assigning different levels of access, organizations can more easily demonstrate compliance.
  • Accountability. Having different access levels allows the organization to track and audit administrative activity. This can help prevent unauthorized changes, identify potential security threats, and ensure accountability for any changes made to the system or network.