In the complex environment of Operational Technology (OT), managing user access to inventory data is a critical aspect of asset management. This blog post explores how OTbase Inventory provides a robust framework for limiting user access, ensuring that users see only the data relevant to their roles. For a detailed walkthrough, watch this video. 

User Groups: The Foundation of Access Control 

  • At the core of OTbase Inventory’s access control mechanism are user groups. These groups serve as the basis for defining various levels of access, allowing for a structured approach to data visibility. 

Global Inventory Access: Tailored Permissions 

  • OTbase Inventory offers options for global inventory access, which can be either full or partial. Specific permissions can be set, providing a tailored approach to data access. 

Geographical Scopes for Access Limitation 

  • One of the unique features of OTbase Inventory is the ability to set scopes based on location. This ensures that users, such as contractors, can only see devices and networks within a specific geographical area. 

Role-Specific Access: A Case for Contractors 

  • The system allows for role-specific access limitations. For example, contractors can be restricted to viewing only devices and networks within a designated location, ensuring data security while still providing necessary access. 

Extending Access Control to Reports 

  • OTbase Inventory takes access control a step further by extending it to reports. This ensures that users only see report data that aligns with their level of access, maintaining data integrity. 

With OTbase Inventory, organizations have a comprehensive tool for managing user access in a nuanced and effective manner. It’s not just about limiting access; it’s about optimizing it for operational efficiency. 

For those interested in diving deeper into the topic of user access control in OT, the OTbase documentation is a valuable resource.