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Customizing Roles For Your Company – Part One

May 10th, 2013



Secret Server uses Roles and Permissions to control access to various capabilities within the system.

In this two part blog post we will review how to set up customized roles and permissions to meet your company’s security policy.

Roles in Secret Server control what a user is allowed to do in the tool. Secret Server ships with three default Roles:
1. Administrator, which has the ability to perform any task.
2. User, which allows basic functions such as create, edit and viewing of Secrets.
3. Read Only User, which only allows a user to view Secrets and Audit Reports without edit capabilities.
Although Secret Server can be used right out of the box with these default Roles, each company should personalize the Roles to fit individual company needs.


The default Roles can be edited and new Roles can also be created. For example, administration tasks can be delegated to different Administrators without giving them full control of the system (for example: Backup Administrator, Secret Template Administrator, Role Administrator and so on). An Auditor Role can also be created to give a user limited access to the system – such as to view Reports and to check compliance settings without having access to sensitive information. For more information on Roles, see our Secret Server Best Practices Guide (requires valid support).

Auditor Role

In the next part of this post we will go over how to set up permissions to control access to Secrets and Folders.

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