Managing Access is Key to Any Organization's Security
A key to open a locked door or a PIN to withdraw funds from your account at an ATM, are everyday examples of access control.
Managing the admittance to areas and resources in a given physical facility or the process by which people are identified and granted entry and privileges within that facility: Access Control. An access control system is generally considered a component to your overall security system, working in concert with your surveillance CCTV, environmental sensors, IT/Network administration and other security components.
Access control is of prime importance when persons and organizations seek to secure their vital, confidential or sensitive information and equipment from unauthorized entry. The most common access control example in the business world appears when walking into your office and showing proof that you are authorized to enter.
With the integration of IT (Information Technology) with security systems, most companies and institutions are migrating to computerized access control systems to further protect themselves. Physical keys, which are easily duplicated, lost or transferred to unauthorized persons, are no longer secure.
Computerized systems offer several advantages over traditional locks and keys:
- Electronic Keys are Difficult to Duplicate - Physical keys can be copied very easily. Duplicating electronic keys (usually in the form of a keycard) is significantly more difficult, making your access system more secure than it could ever be with physical keys.
- NEVER Having to Change the Locks - With an electronic system, you'll have every keycard in a database. This greatly lowers your overall exposure to risk and maintenance costs. If a keycard is ever lost, removing the lost key and replacing it with a new one will only take a few clicks. If an employee leaves your company, his or her access rights can be removed right away.
- You Will Only Need One Key - With electronic systems, all you need is a single key or access code to access every area you're authorized to access. There's no need for multiple keys and it decreases the chance of forgetting a key for a particular door. If you need access and you are not authorized by the system, an authorized operator can instantly grant you access.
- Comprehensive History Logging - With an electronic access system, every entry is logged and saved for later review. This tool proves its' worth when investigating vandalism or theft, or for tracking response times or technical activities internally.
- Completely Customizable for Every User - Electronic access control gives you the ability to control your exposure by granting user-level access rights all the way down to individual entries and times.
- Remote "Buzz In" - Grant techs or outside contractors access to a restricted area remotely. This feature allows you an extra degree of flexibility while still maintaining your security restrictions.
Access control devices can range from electronic keypads which secure a single door to large networked security systems for multiple buildings that can include parking lot gates, time and attendance systems, exit controls, telephone entry, and other security systems. A well designed access control system could remove worry by not having to replace lost keys or track down terminated employees' keys.
Now that you have a basic understanding of access control, contact us for further guidance about what types of identification systems are available to help you meet and exceed your security needs.