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You can create new Security Groups and manage existing ones on the Security Groups page, located in the Admin interface.
How to access the Security Groups page
- Click Admin in the Webmaster Links menu.
- Click Admin.
- Select Security Groups from the Users > Security menu.
Security Groups page overview
Security Groups are the fundamental categories into which your users belong, and are used to control access to your site's content at the group level. On this page, you can create and manage Higher Logic Security Groups, which can then be assigned to users on the Add Users to a Security Group page.
NOTE: If you're a database/AMS-integrated client, you’ll likely see a mix of Higher Logic and database/AMS Security Groups. Database Security Groups are managed and assigned to users in the AMS.
Database Security Groups have an AMS key that corresponds to the primary key for the member type/Security Group in your database. Data sync will automatically add and remove users based on your business rules on the database side only.
NOTE: Refer to the Understand Security Groups page to learn more about Security Groups.
Baseline security groups
Your site comes provisioned with four baseline Security Groups:
- Public - Any user without a login to your site.
- Authenticated - Any logged in user. An authenticated user may or may not have Member permissions. Content and functionality is routinely protected to Authenticated to encourage account creation and the sharing of user data.
- IsMember - Users with Member permissions, commonly referred to as IsMember. Content and functionality is routinely protected to Members as a benefit of membership. Those with Member permissions also have access to content and functionality protected to Authenticated.
- Higher LogicAdmin - Global administrators with universal access and editing rights, commonly referred to as "Super Admins."
These baseline groups are generally comprehensive enough, but you can create additional Security Groups based on your organization's business and security needs.
Create a security group
Click Add a Security Group and enter a name, type, and description for your new Security Group. Lastly, toggle Member Status to YES or NO to control whether users added to this Security Group have Member status on your site.