Behind Closed Doors: How Access Control Solutions Can Keep Your Business Safe
A heavy-duty, reinforced steel, security door is only as secure as the access control mechanism that unlocks it! This is the core idea of access control systems, and they are an essential aspect of any security system. They allow organizations to manage and restrict access to their premises, ensuring that only authorized personnel are granted entry. With the increasing frequency of security breaches, it has become more important than ever for businesses to ensure their access control systems are secure. In fact, a study by the Ponemon Institute found that the average cost of a physical security breach is $9,000 per incident (which is of course a lot more than the cost of the door that they walked through…). These weaknesses in physical security can even lead to more severe compromises of a company’s cyber network with the average cost of a data breach globally sitting around $4.3m (Study by IBM).
However, simply having an access control system in place is not enough. That’s why it’s important to regularly check and test your access control system. You don’t want to find out the hard way that your system is as secure as a screen door on a submarine.
Here are some important steps organizations can take to ensure their access control solutions are up to par:
- Operational enhancements – a steel door is very very secure, but if it is too hard to open, your staff will just leave it open.
- Ensure the system installed serves the purposes of your organization. There are a wide range of products out there and its definitely not one-size fits all. Installing the wrong system can not on blow out your budget but it can also lead to vulnerabilities in your security infrastructure.
- Conduct regular security assessments: Regular security assessments can help organisations identify weaknesses and vulnerabilities in their access control systems. This can include testing the system for vulnerabilities such as outdated software on the back end or structural hardware failures of simple mechanisms on the front end such as a door not closing properly. An up to date threat analysis of the area and what are the most likely causes of threat can provide vital information that can lead to cost effective operational improvements.
- Monitor access logs: Monitoring access logs can help businesses detect and investigate suspicious behaviour. This includes monitoring who is accessing the system, when they are accessing it, and what they are accessing.
- Regularly update security measures: Access control solutions should be updated regularly to ensure they are protected against new and emerging threats. This can include updating software and firmware, implementing new authentication methods, or increasing physical security measures.
Remember, your physical security is only as strong as your access control solutions. Regular assessments, monitoring, and updates can help ensure that the system is secure and protected against potential threats. By doing so, your organization can better protect its assets, reputation, and bottom line.