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least privilege

Abbreviation(s) and Synonym(s):

None

Definition(s):

  The principle that a security architecture should be designed so that each entity is granted the minimum system resources and authorizations that the entity needs to perform its function.
Source(s):
CNSSI 4009-2015
NIST SP 800-171 Rev. 1
NIST SP 800-12 Rev. 1 under Least Privilege (CNSSI 4009)

  A security principle that restricts the access privileges of authorized personnel (e.g., program execution privileges, file modification privileges) to the minimum necessary to perform their jobs.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-57 Part 2 under Least privilege