User role

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Rights allocation concepts

A user role (or short role ) summarizes a lot of individual rights of software or in an operating system together. User roles are used so that the individual rights of the aforementioned areas do not have to be defined individually for each user: Instead of assigning the same individual rights directly to many users, a user role is defined which contains the rights to be assigned. The users are then assigned that role. This makes it easier to manage the rights of the software system, since only the rights of the user role need to be adapted, especially when the rights structure is changed. If another user is to be assigned the same number of individual rights, he only needs to be assigned one role.

A user can have several roles and his rights are then obtained by combining the rights of all roles. Modern software systems provide the user with a graphical user interface that is adapted to his user roles .

User roles are also used in electronic access control systems since the conventional key is being replaced more and more by chip cards . In this way, access rights to buildings can be managed efficiently. For example, users in the caretaker group can open any door and users in the IT group can only open doors in the IT wing.

See also

Individual evidence

  1. BSI: M 2.519 Regulated user and authorization management in cloud computing. Retrieved October 23, 2016 .
  2. 15. User and rights management. Retrieved October 23, 2016 .
  3. Adding a user role. Retrieved October 23, 2016 .