Managing access control is an essential aspect of an iService tenant. Ensuring that agents are granted the appropriate access rights is crucial to maintain productivity and security. According to Gartner, “Group-based access is a critical building block of a mature Identity and Access Management (IAM) strategy” (source: Gartner). iService Departments provide an idea way to grant group-based access rights to grant access, rather than manually assigning segment access and skills to agents individually. This blog post will explore the benefits of utilizing departments and explain how to set up department access.
Using Departments for Access Control
Departments in iService can function as groups for access control, streamlining the process of granting and managing access rights for agents. By grouping agents with similar responsibilities or project roles within a department, administrators can efficiently define and assign access rights to entire groups rather than managing access for each agent individually.
Here’s how departments can be used as groups for access control:
Define Department Roles: Create departments that represent distinct roles, responsibilities, or projects within your organization. This allows you to group agents with similar access needs under a single department.
Assign Segments and Skills to Departments: Configure each department with the appropriate segments and skills that align with the agents’ roles and responsibilities. This ensures that the agents in a particular role have access to the necessary interactions and contacts.
Assign Access Rights to Agents: Assign access rights to agents by adding the department to their agent configuration. You can see a list of all agents that are assigned to the department in the Departments page.
Adjust Access Based on Projects: Since departments can be used as projects, you can add or remove agents from a department as needed when projects begin or end. This ensures that agents always have the appropriate access rights based on their current assignments. If a project or role requires additional skills or segment access, you can simply add the access to the department and all agents will inherit the rights.
Benefits of Using Departments
This group-based access control approach with departments offers several advantages:
Simplified Access Management: Departments enable administrators to manage access rights on a group level, reducing the need to modify access rights for individual agents.
Enhanced Security: Assigning access rights based on departments allows for better control over which agents have access to specific segments, reducing the risk of unauthorized access.
Improved Organization: Departments provide a clear structure for grouping agents based on their assigned segments and skills, simplifying the process of tracking agent assignments.
Greater Flexibility: As project needs change, departments can be easily added or removed, ensuring that agents have the appropriate access rights at all times.
Consistent Access Rights: By using departments as groups, administrators can ensure that all agents within a department have consistent access rights, reducing the risk of unauthorized access or information silos.
Scalability: As the organization grows and evolves, new departments can be created or existing ones can be restructured to accommodate changing business needs. Group-based access control through departments allows for easy scalability and adaptability.
Utilizing iService Departments to grant access rights to agents is an efficient and secure way to manage your iService tenant. By configuring departments with the appropriate segments and skills, administrators can easily grant access to multiple business segments while keeping track of the reason access was provided. Departments also offer increased flexibility, allowing for adjustments as projects change. Implementing this best practice will streamline access control and improve the overall security and productivity of your iService tenant.