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Logical access

Logical access

Logical access definition

Logical access refers to using software-based security measures to manage user access to an app, computer system, or network. Logical access controls ensure the confidentiality and integrity of sensitive data and resources.

Types of logical access

  • Pin codes
  • Passwords
  • Biometric authentication devices
  • Tokens
  • Smart cards
  • Network firewalls
  • Authentication apps

The benefits of logical access

While physical access controls help prevent unauthorized access to specific locations, logical access controls can be used much more broadly.

  • Confidentiality. Logical access can protect the confidentiality of a single file or a network of resources.
  • Security. Logical access significantly boosts security.
  • Integrity. Logical access can ensure that only authorized personnel can access and modify information or resources.
  • Compliance. Logical access helps companies comply with the data privacy laws demanding organizations to guarantee proper access control to user data they handle.
  • Monitoring. Logical access controls help track who and when accesses protracted information and resources.

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