Access Reviews

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With Vanta, access reviews are fast, automated, and simplified. Vanta automatically pulls system access through pre-established integrations. Vanta users can also upload access files directly into Vanta to consolidate account access data across dozens of systems. 

Establishing Access Review Settings 

  • From the left-hand navigation panel, select Access
  • Select Settings from the Access menu 

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  • Establish the following settings:
    • Admin Point of Contact: Who will be primarily responsible for reviews?
    • Recurrence: How often should your company be completing access reviews? 
    • Due Date: Once a review has been started, how many days are you allowing for completion?
    • Reminders: When will notifications be sent to remind users before reviews start or are due?
    • External Notifications: This takes you to the notifications page to configure who should receive notifications for access reviews.


Starting an Access Review

  • From the Access page, select Reviews
  • From here, you can create a review or create a review schedule 

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  • Give the review a clear title, and select the vendors that will be in-scope for this review
  • Select Create draft review

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  • The review page will list your vendors and information related to the access data
  • If the access file is listed as Synced, integrating the platform and Vanta has brought in the necessary information.
  • If you see Connect, the integration must be connected to obtain the needed information.
  • If you see Upload File, you can follow the steps to upload a file manually
  • Once access files are available for all in-scope vendors, select Start Review

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When you start a review

  • All your assigned reviewers will be notified

  • Once started, you will not be able to

    • Add or remove vendors

    • Re-upload access files

Performing the Review

  • Select Start Review
  • Click on the vendor from the specified review page
  • A list of accounts will appear
  • You will need to choose 
    • Check: Maintain access: The user keeps access 
    • X Remove access: Clicking the "X" will not cause that user to lose access to the associated system. Rather, it will kick off a remediation flow. We cannot currently write any changes to your systems

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  • Clicking on the user will allow you to view detailed information and add notes.
  • All accounts must be assigned an owner before submission. If an owner needs to be assigned or edited, select the > next to the owner's name and make the necessary changes.
  • When all access accounts have been reviewed, select Submit

Import User Data

For unintegrated systems, users needed to fill out a user data template with all users and their roles in a system or upload a screenshot.
  • Upload screenshots or a PDF of user accounts.
    • Capture your user accounts with screenshots or a PDF from the system. We’ll convert them into an access file using our AI-powered image parser. This is the easiest option if the account and role information is easily readable.
  • Prepare and upload your own access file
    • Download our editable access file template (.csv) and fill out user accounts and details independently. This is a good option if the user list does not contain account details, such as role.

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Creating a Schedule 

  • Select Create
  • Select Create a schedule  

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  • Select Create a custom schedule, or select one of the pre-provisioned schedules from the Select a Starting point page. 

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  • Select Next
  • Configure the settings
    • Identify the schedule owner and the schedule name. Select the start date, how long the access review will take, and how often you want this review to be done
  • Define the scope by selecting the systems to include 
  • Finalize the schedule and select Save Schedule 
  • Access Review schedules can be found from the Settings tab

Deleting a Review

  • Select the ... button next to the draft or review to be removed 
  • Select Delete 

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Exporting a Review

  • Select the draft to be reviewed
  • Select More, and then Export

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Filter by Status

  • From the Access Reviews Page, select Filter by Status 
  • Choose the status to filter by, and results will populate the page


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