Getting started with the Security Centre
The myhrtoolkitallows controllers oversight of password and network management. It is accessed via the menu at the top of the screen.
The function is divided into two sections, aand an page.
Items in the Security Centre
Overall Security Score
The Password Builder), the strength of users’ passwords, and other measures listed. It is expressed as a percentage.is a measure of the security of your Toolkit. It is based on options relating to your Toolkit password preferences (as set in the
It should be borne in mind that not all options are appropriate for all organisations. For instance, the Security Score allows 20 points for restricting IP Addresses; however, if your organisation does not require the use of the IP restrictions, the overall score will never pass above 80 and should not necessarily be understood as a lack of security.
Manage Live Users
Themodule gives an overview of the users in the Toolkit, including a measure of their password strength, and options regarding the security of their account.
Note – this does not include ‘Non System Access’ users, as they do not have active passwords. ‘Non System Access’ users can be found in the more general function> .
The following options are available via thebutton:
- Reset Password
- Reset Security Questions
Themodule gives a clear overview of the strengths of users’ passwords, and how many fall below a standard of a ‘good.’ There is an option to force all users with weak passwords to change their password. This will enforce any new password strength options that have been set.
Themodule sets a minimum standard of users’ passwords. When alterations are made, a ‘ ‘ button will appear. When pressed, the will update itself to reflect the new settings.
Making changes here will not affect current passwords, only passwords for new users, or when current passwords are amended.
This module allows an additional level of security to be applied. An overview of this functionality is available in the myhrtoolkit support pages, here.
Allowed IP Addresses
Sometimes it can be useful for an organisation to limit access to specific IP addresses, e.g. the office. The myhrtoolkit system fully supports this, and it can easily be controlled from this module.
Security Audit Log
Themodule lists security changes that have happened over a six month window in a Toolkit. It tracks the following changes:
Note – that with changes to passwords and security questions, only that the event happened is recorded, not the actual password or security answer!
- User password change
- User changing the security question
- An admin reset of a user password
- Changes to password strength in Password Builder
- Enable/Disabling of the Security Questions
- Allowed IP Addresses – both addition and removal
- Clicking the ‘Enforcing Passwords Strengths’ button
Secure Login Throttle Log
When a Toolkit senses that an account is being targeted in a brute force password attack, the login function will be throttled, cutting down how often a login request will be processed for that account. Theshows when this has happened, and can highlight to a controller that they have either been subject to an attack, or that the user is struggling to remember their password and may need help.
In the event of a throttle being put in place, an email is sent to the system email of the account targeted, and the controller is notified.
The Audit page of the Security Centre contains two sections, theand .
The types of security events are:
In addition to the Audit Log, as noted in the section, when a brute force attack is detected on a user account, a Toolkit will attach a throttle to the account. All detection events are recorded in the .
(This image is from a Toolkit which has had the good fortune not to have had any throttling events!)