When Adding Access Control to Your Current Business Security Makes Sense
Many people view security as an important issue, and for good reason. Businesses must take measures to protect their employees, customers, and assets. While security solutions are often thought of in terms of physical security (e.g., locks, gates, cameras), electronic security solutions are becoming increasingly important.
Commercial security systems and access control are two types of electronic security systems that are commonly used in businesses. Commercial security systems are designed to protect a business from theft, vandalism, and other criminal activity. Access control is a system that is used to restrict access to certain areas of a business or property.
Businesses should consider both commercial security systems and access control when designing their security plan, not a security system alone, and we'll explain why. Each type of system has its own strengths and weaknesses, so by combining the two you'll cover gaps you'd have with only having one.
That's why it is important to combine commercial security systems and access control, integrated together. Integration simply means the two systems will "talk" to each other, like a team, to give your business greater coverage and options.
But, choosing an access control system on your own, especially if you are not an expert in the field, can be an overwhelming task. Businesses that are looking for a more comprehensive security solution may want to consider hiring a security consultant. Security consultants can help businesses design a security plan that meets their specific needs. Here at GenX Security, our Director of Sales is also our security consultant who will do a complete walk-through of your location, discuss your particular needs and goals in depth, and make appropriate recommendations that will have the greatest benefit to your business while remaining within your budget.
BUILDING ACCESS CONTROL INTO YOUR CURRENT SECURITY PLAN
Access control is an important part of any security plan, but it can be difficult to implement without proper planning. Let's discuss some tips for building access control into your current security plan both efficiently and effectively.
Some of the top reasons to add access control elements include:
Easier for employees and reduces reliance upon upper level employees
Create an audit trail
Easier to lock down during an emergency (hard to restrict key usage versus electronic access control)
Harder to bypass than traditional locks, doors or gates
More cost effective
One of the most important things to keep in mind when implementing access control is to make sure that it is as user-friendly as possible. Users should be able to easily understand and use the access control system, without having to refer to a manual or help desk for assistance.
Another important consideration is security. Your access control system should be designed to protect your data and systems from unauthorized access. It should also be robust enough to prevent unauthorized users from gaining access even if they have obtained legitimate credentials.
Finally, your access control system should be scalable. It should be able to accommodate the growing needs of your organization without requiring significant changes or upgrades.
Keep these three considerations in mind when choosing a system and working with a security consultant and/or integrator. With the right, qualified, certified, and highly reputable security integrator adding access control to your current security technology is actually much easier than you may think.
When meeting with your security consultant and/or integrator, touch on these three important discussion topics with them:
1. Make sure the access control system is easy to use and understand, without requiring users to refer to a manual or help desk.
2. Ensure that the system is secure and robust enough to prevent unauthorized users from gaining access, even if they have obtained legitimate credentials.
3. Make sure the system is scalable so that it can accommodate the growing needs of your organization.
By following these tips, you can add an effective and user-friendly access control system to your security plan. This will help to protect your data and systems from unauthorized access.
CHOOSING AN ACCESS CONTROL SYSTEM: TYPES & OPTIONS
If you're like most business owners, you're always looking for new and innovative ways to keep your company safe from harm. As discussed, one way to do that is by implementing electronic access control. When choosing your system with your integrator you'll need to focus on two key factors: types and options.
There are three main types of access control: discretionary, mandatory, and role-based.
Discretionary – The owner sets restrictions on who has access to which areas
Mandatory – Access is provided based upon titles/labels versus on an individual basis. It’s typically a blanket access system controlled by the security provider.
Role-based – Based solely on the title an employee has
Each type has its own benefits, so it's important to understand the differences before making a decision.
So, what's the best option for your business? That depends on your needs and security requirements. Luckily, there are a variety of products on the market to choose from, so you're sure to find one that's perfect for your business.
Of course, these are just the overall, primary, types.
The next factor, once you determine the type of access control you'll need, is to choose your options. As far as access control systems go, you have numerous options, such as:
Cameras or guards at gates
Buzzer (with camera) entry system
Biometric scanners (fingerprints, eyes, ears, facial)
The best way to ensure you're getting the right access control system for your business location is to reach out to us at GenX Security Solutions. Our sales team goes beyond sales and also designs systems that are tailored for a customer's needs. There is no one-size-fits-all solution! Our quote are fast, fair, and FREE!
Contact Spencer Mehr, Director of Sales at:
866-598-4369 or Spencer@genXsecurity.com
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