Does Your Business Need Access Control?
In a world where cybersecurity has taken center stage. Businesses still need access control. An access control system manages entry into buildings and specific areas within them. It increases security and allows you to control who is entering and exiting the building.
Like cybersecurity, access control systems can integrate different forms of authentication. These include physical credentials such as a card or key fob, or even a pin or password. Biometric systems can use retinal scanners or fingerprint readers. Access control can provide multiple layers of security that incorporate video cameras and automation systems.
Some indicators that your business needs to improve access control include:
- Keys need to be duplicated any time an individual is given access to the building. Changing the locks every time is cost-prohibitive, but if a disgruntled employee can get in your building with the same key, there’s no telling what kind of damage they can do when inside.
- You don’t know who is entering or exiting the premises. A modern access control system includes badges with embedded codes or wireless transmitters that enable wearers to access a building. Everyone in the building is therefore authorized to be there, so all employees will be protected.
- At some point, it’s likely an employee has forgotten to lock a door. Even though it wasn’t intended, this can leave your company vulnerable to break-ins, putting valuable business assets at risk. Access control systems lessen the burden on your employees and reduce the risk of negligence.
- Employees get locked out of the building. It doesn’t help productivity if someone can’t get inside and access their work area. Preventing such a scenario means employees won’t be stranded outside if they leave for a brief time. Nor do they have to wait for someone to open the door for them.
- Your company could benefit from better employee tracking. If employee lateness or theft is a problem, an access control system can help managers determine who’s to blame. For example, if something was stolen over the weekend, you can check to see who was there at what time.
- Workers can get into the server or supply rooms at will. You might not want your entire workforce to have access to all areas. Access control can keep certain locations off-limits, so this problem is avoided.
- Building automation is limited, which makes heating/cooling systems and lighting equipment less efficient. Automation systems connected to access control systems can turn on lights or adjust temperatures based on where employees are, which is energy and cost-saving.
- There’s little or no means to control who accesses the company database. A simple key card can allow or deny employees access to parts of the company network, even certain computers. Confidential information and sensitive data can, therefore, remain protected.
What Is the Best Access Control System for Your Business?
The best system is one that accommodates the size and security requirements of your company. Access control systems offer varying degrees of automation. Some are even cloud-based and can be controlled and monitored from anywhere. Integrated reporting allows those with credentials to manage the system to analyze information and act quickly on anything suspicious.
Improve Access Control with Boyd & Associates
We offer complete security solutions, including advanced access control systems that provide authorized building occupants with digital credentials. Our solutions eliminate the need for locks and keys, provide administrators with user management tools, and include detailed reports based on card data. For more information, contact Boyd & Associates at 805-321-6664.