We're creating a new process to give users access to the files and commands they need in a more black-boxed concept so that we can give them only access to what they need, and nothing else (making it more precise on a user level).

So, to create a kind of slogan I wanted to know if there is a word or expression to describe that "it satisfies only the specific needs and nothing else"?

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    You need to be careful about "sloganising" this concept. What you're describing is normally seen as restricted/limited access - where many users can only access some subset of available data, procedures, etc. But if you ask them whether they actually want that, they'll invariably say they'd rather have full access even if this means they'll end up looking at "advanced" configuration screens where they're no idea what they might want to change, or why. If they were the same price, would you rather have Windows Home Basic, or Windows Professional? Oct 10, 2016 at 16:39
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    In that case, just call it "restricted access" and your security expert will be happy. There are probably more "domain-specific" usages in this general area, but they're not very relevant to "learning English" in the broader context. Oct 10, 2016 at 16:43
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    Well, they're security experts, not literary critics looking to award you top marks for interesting and creative use of language. I'd say that almost by definition, people in that line of work would like everything described using well-established clear-cut terminology (they might even endorse "Nothing new!" as a slogan! :) Oct 10, 2016 at 17:16
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    Nice of you to say so, thanks. I know it might look like I'm just being a smart-ass, but I am genuinely trying to steer you in the right direction here. The thing is in your specific context you're not interested in promoting the hypothetical user benefit of a simpler user interface. In reality it's probably actually a much more complex system. Customised user access provision can get quite complicated, as you've probably discovered (so you feel proud of what you've done because it was hard work, even though the actual users might never really notice or care). Oct 10, 2016 at 17:47
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    Good luck with that! You can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time. But it's not easy to write a glowing account of your latest software update when your target audience includes a security expert who doesn't want anyone to have access, and a bunch of users who're likely to say they want access to everything, even though they'd only screw things up if you gave it to them. Oct 10, 2016 at 18:03

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Are you trying to emphasize that each person has different access, or that access in general is restricted?

For the first, you may try tailored

specially made for a particular purpose or situation.

(British English speakers might use 'bespoke' instead)

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    James Bond said his tuxedo was "tailored" in Casino Royale, but this might have been for the benefit of American audiences. Anyway another phrase is "custom-fit".
    – Andrew
    Oct 10, 2016 at 16:13
  • I'm trying to emphasize that every user needs different access but a many cases they get a general out-of-the-box type that may be too much (security risks can be involved).
    – CMPSoares
    Oct 10, 2016 at 16:36
  • For years I thought "bespoke" was a kind of fabric, because in British novels I'd read about someone wearing a "bespoke suit", and I never heard the word anywhere else...
    – stangdon
    Oct 10, 2016 at 18:56

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