When it comes to any kind of security, access control has to be a primary priority. Managing and monitoring who – or what – can access your assets is a vital component of keeping them safe. And this this applies equally to physical property and cybersecurity. So, what do you need to do to ensure that your access control strategy is effective?
The Four Key Components of an Effective Access Control Strategy
Depending upon the access control system that you have in place, there are a variety of ways to identify users. It may be password or PIN led, you might have facial recognition, or a fingerprint reader. They all have their pros and cons. Facial recognition, for example, can be problematic where light levels may vary. Fingerprint readers can be impacted by damp or other residue. The important thing is to find a system that works for you.
Once users have been identified, the access control system needs a way to authenticate them. This can again involve passwords, PINs, biometric verification, or security tokens.
Authorisation isn’t usually a carte blanche issue. In most access control systems, you will be able to grant different levels of access. So, for your home, you might provide your teenagers with entry to the property (well, maybe..!) but not necessarily to the garage, or the back end of the security system. While younger children may be kept out of the pool room without supervision. And tradesmen provided access to the gated driveway, but not the house.
In order to work effectively, access control systems also need regular auditing and monitoring. This will allow you to assess whether access is being abused, whether any unusual behaviour has been detected, or whether any one is attempting access without the required authorisation.
In home security, access control is the first step towards complete security protection. Allowing you to keep track of who enters your home and when, and working to ensure that no intruders can gain admittance, it is your first line of defence. When used in combination with CCTV, burglar alarms, or a home monitoring system, access control can help to keep you, your family, and your property safe.
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