As businesses continue to reopen, more workers are returning to offices, making brick-and-mortar access control a priority. In fact, at least 68% of employees are currently working at least part-time in their offices and of those working from home, 87% will return to their offices by September 2021.
Of those workers, 66% of them would rather have security than convenience as they get back to business, and 85% of office administrators are looking to access control technologies to help them provide better security for incoming personnel.
But these solutions must not only be cost effective, but easy to implement and manage. New technologies such as wireless based access control and IP access control provide remote management capabilities and connectivity that used to be out of reach of smaller businesses. Cloud-based systems also reduce installation times and give administrators the convenience of using a mobile or desktop dashboard to make on-the-fly changes to individual access.
The benefits of access control for businesses are significant and can provide security for assets ranging from online data to physical spaces.
Types of Access Control Systems
Access control is an outgrowth of information technology that can determine which personnel can access and use company data or even physically access brick-and-mortar buildings. The basic premise is that employees will use specific credentials to gain access to systems or data. Credentials can include passwords and usernames, key cards, biometrics, personal identification numbers (PINs) and more.
Types of access controls include:
- Discretionary Access Control
This type of access control grants access on an as-needed basis for one-time projects or to perform typical system hygiene tasks. For physical controls, access may be granted to contract workers or temporary employees for a limited period of time.
- Mandatory Access Control
In this case, control levels are set based on predetermined security levels. For example, managers may have specific access to certain data points or physical spaces while floor employees may be more restricted as to the data and spaces they can access.
- Role-Based Controls
When role-based controls are used, employees gain access to data and physical assets based on their level of management or their role within the organization. For example, accountants may have access to a company’s financial data but not to their information systems user data.
- Attribute-Based Controls
Attribute-based controls allow administrators to provide or deny access based on any number of criteria that can easily change alongside needs. For example, an employee who works a night shift may be given access to data or premises from 5 pm to 2 pm but not during daytime hours.
Benefits of Access Control Systems for Business
The importance of access control cannot be understated. Access control technologies provide layers of security across a variety of asset types — from physical to nonphysical. Benefits include:
- Physical security for cyber assets and physical spaces
- Better cybersecurity
- Increased cyber hygiene and maintenance
- Security for remote workers
- Website crash prevention
- Inbound data security and organization
- Protection from blacklisted URLs
- Higher customer confidence
- Physical protection for employees and visitors
As your business reopens, consider adding access control features to protect not only your data but also your company’s physical assets.
Perry proTECH Has Physical and Data Access Control Systems for Your Business
At Perry proTECH, we understand the importance of access control for every business — whether you have a brick-and-mortar location or not. Our suite of access control solutions includes scalable technologies that will help provide physical and data security tailored to your business needs and goals.
Our solutions include remote control and management of access control needs from a mobile device, tablet, or desktop and real-time notifications of critical events via texts or emails for improved response times and convenience. In addition, we offer 24/7 monitoring, both for our cybersecurity controls and through video streaming for our physical access controls. Our scheduled, customized security reports can help you gain in-depth visibility into vulnerabilities and weaknesses and our cloud-based platforms provide a cost-effective way to bolster physical and online security without costly modifications to current infrastructure.
Get the right access control solution for your business. Contact a Perry proTECH consultant and let our security experts help you choose the right system for your specific business needs and goals.