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Access Control- What It Is And What It Can Do For You

In today’s disruptive environment, there are many factors that govern how we run our businesses and more importantly how we protect them. Access control is no longer simply a method of controlling who can and cannot access your building. It has become more and more prevalent to broaden the capabilities of exactly how we handle access issues on a day-to-day basis.

So, What Exactly Can Access Control Do For Your Business?


If your business has sensitive areas where only authorized personnel are permitted, the best way to control security is to install an access control system. This technology can enable you to use keycards, fobs, biometric scanners, or other devices to grant (or deny access) to anywhere on the premises. Every time someone uses a card reader or biometric scanner, an entry is recorded in the system, making it possible to keep track of everyone’s comings and goings.


Types Of Access Control Systems


DISCRETIONARY ACCESS CONTROL (DAC)

Discretionary Access Control is a type of integrated security system that holds the business owner responsible for deciding which people are allowed in a specific location, physically or digitally.


It is the least restrictive compared to the other systems, as it allows an individual complete control over any objects they own, as well as the programs associated with those objects. This is understandably a popular choice with most business owners.


ROLE-BASED ACCESS CONTROL (RBAC) The second most popular system, RBAC is currently the most in- demand access control system. This type of access control is assigned by system administrators and is based on what the subject’s role is. So, rather than assigning an individual as a security manager, the security manager position already has access control permissions assigned to it. Simply put, this system comes with pre-determined permissions that go a long way in simplifying system access setups for any users involved.

MANDATORY ACCESS CONTROL (MAC)

Mandatory Access Control systems are more frequently used in organizations that require an elevated emphasis on the confidentiality and classification of data (ie. military institutions). This system doesn’t permit owners or managers to have a say in the entities that are granted access to a unit or facility. Instead, only the highest authorities and custodians retain management of the access controls.


The benefits of these integrated security systems do not only benefit you on large scales as shown above. There are more direct or personal ways you can benefit too for example:


WEB-BASED ACCESS CONTROL SYSTEMS

Also called cloud-based access control, this type of system stores permissions on the web rather than on the physical devices themselves, allowing you to view, manage, and control permissions and reports from anywhere with just a few clicks.


MOBILE-BASED ACCESS CONTROL SYSTEMS When your access control system is mobile-based, you can manage every aspect of your building’s security from your Smartphone. It works by sending an unlock code to a cloud server via WiFi or a cellular signal.

IOT-BASED ACCESS CONTROL SYSTEMS

By using this all of your controllers and readers are connected to the internet and have firmware that can be updated in real time. This keeps your system up-to-date with the latest security patches.




Making the Best Choice


With so many different types of access control systems available on the market today, it can be complicated and difficult to navigate the various choices and select the correct system you need in your situation.


Each system can be highly beneficial when used correctly and each one has its own strengths and weaknesses. Before you make a choice, there are certain things you need to analyze.

  1. What type of situation are you needing to use this type of system for?

  2. How many assets are actually exposed in your organisation, and how many people actually come in contact with those assets on a daily basis?

  3. How crucial is your data, and how can you best protect it?

  4. In the long run, as a business owner, what are you hoping to achieve?


If your goals do in fact include a level of professional security, then considering an access control system will always be your very best choice.

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