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Security within SharePoint 2013

This chapter from Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Plain & Simple discusses the SharePoint 2013 security model. The authors show you how you can apply access privileges at an overall level such as the site collection, down to an individual level like a single document—not to mention all the levels in between.

In this section:

  • Understanding SharePoint security

  • Adding people to groups

  • Creating groups

  • Granting permissions to an individual

  • Breaking permission inheritance

  • Granting access to lists, libraries, and individual items

  • Removing security

  • Checking permissions

  • Editing permissions

Securing an organization’s information is crucial. Protecting organizational content is a key component to the success of that security.

Microsoft SharePoint 2013 provides proficient security tools to ensure that teams are completely confident that their content is available only to the users to whom they’ve granted access. Using the SharePoint security model, you can apply access privileges at an overall level such as the site collection, down to an individual level like a single document—not to mention all the levels in between (sites, pages, or lists and libraries).

Understanding SharePoint security

You can only access SharePoint 2013 if a SharePoint administrator or site owner grants you permission. You can grant permissions to groups of people or to individuals. SharePoint administrators can grant access to Active Directory groups, or Windows network groups, as well.

It is recommended to add individuals to SharePoint groups and then provide access to those groups, rather than directly to individuals. A SharePoint group is a collection of individuals (up to 5,000), and it is much more convenient to manage the applied security settings to a group than to manage individual users.

View site permissions

  1. On the Home page, click the Settings button (the small gear icon next to the name of the logged-on user). On the menu that appears, click Site Settings.

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  2. On the Site Settings page, in the Users And Permissions section, click Site Permissions.

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  3. On the Permissions page, view the permission levels assigned to each group on the site.