What Is Least Privilege?

Least Privilege definition and explanation.

Least Privilege is also known as the Principle of Least Privilege (POLP) is a concept of restricting a user, program, or process to access only those resources which are necessary to perform routine and legitimate activities. Applying the principle on people, minimum access rights and clearance level is granted so that the user can perform his/her role. Applying the principle of Least Privilege prevents adversaries to gain control over critical systems or applications by compromising low-level user accounts.

The report, “2020 Global State of Least Privilege Cyber Security,” indicates that two out of three organizations now consider least privilege a top or urgent priority. Yet, many still struggle with trying to eliminate or restrict over privileged users and the risks they pose.