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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.

Top 6 Security Trends to Watch in 2020

Cybersecurity issues now threaten personal and corporate data. And, there is no sign of hacking attacks slowing down. With more devices being connected and more information available through digital channels and devices, digital security is of utmost importance. New trends to fight security risks are emerging and here are the top ones to watch in 2020.

1. Expansion of Video Security

Traditionally one of the most useful security assets, video provides real-time coverage of incidents and emerging threats. There are really no limits here. For example, food processing plants and other manufacturing facilities will continue to use video for training, regulatory compliance, and to prevent food recalls and other issues. Video coverage of harsh environments, such as oil and gas facilities, helps reduce the need for personnel in hazardous areas.

With video data, information can be used for everything from real-time situational awareness to providing forensic coverage. Nonetheless, the increasing use of video in smart homes has given rise to privacy concerns. Security companies must have internal controls over who can access feeds. Organizations must adhere to privacy laws such as those that have been introduced by the EU, which govern the use of applications that involve the collection of video and other data on people and assets.

2. Cloud-Based Security

Developing cybersecurity protocols is critical, especially for servers, digital video recorders, IP cameras, smart sensors, and other network-connected devices connected to the cloud. This applies to organizations reliant on CRM systems such as Salesforce and home users who leverage Dropbox and other storage services.

The cloud-security platform industry is already predicted to top $460 million, as it can scale to various requirements, provide greater intelligence and protection, and reduce costs.

3. Artificial Intelligence

Taking video and data analytics to the next level, software manufacturers are beginning to leverage artificial intelligence (AI) to improve analytical capabilities. Facial recognition is one example of a technology being used to more efficiently detect potential threats. Given the vast amounts of data and growth in devices such as intelligent sensors, using AI to analyze video and other data makes sense.

4. Passwordless Authentication

Consumers have been familiar with password protection since the first Internet services became available. But new authentication methods have emerged. These include hardware tokens, biometric authentication such as fingerprint readers, and knowledge-based authentication such as security questions based on personal details.

5. Mobile Access to Security Devices

Physical security has become more dependent on mobility and this trend is expected to continue. It includes access to security devices from browsers and smartphones. There are now many mobile apps for managing video cameras and receiving automatic alerts. Permitted users can even grant or restrict access to facilities and individual access points.

6. Convergence of Physical and Digital Security

This has been discussed for decades. But tracking users throughout a building had been difficult without the technologies that exist today. The Internet of Things, modern data analytics, and cloud technologies are bringing physical and digital security closer together. Edge computing is also helping make this convergence a reality.

Let Boyd & Associates Bolster Your Security

Our business specializes in improving home and business security using the latest technologies on the market. From burglar alarm systems to alarm monitoring services, to intrusion detection, access control, and video surveillance for commercial clients, we help manage all your security needs. Boyd & Associates serves clients throughout Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, and Riverside Counties. Request service online or call us at 888-248-6617 for assistance choosing security systems and services today.