Taking Your Access Control Systems from Good to Great

It is no secret that access control systems are akin to a new age in the integration of technology and security. They took what was and enabled us to move in greater more adaptable directions. To the point where security has gone beyond the simple lock and key methodology. In today’s world, everything down to your very identity is stored and secured in multiple ways to ensure complete safety.  

Synonyms with a well-functioning campus, a well placed and maintained access control system is like a healthy nervous system in the body. But like all things in life, if you don’t upgrade and maintain it, it can and will fail you sooner or later. 

Five Ways To Properly Improve Your Access Control Systems 

Regardless of whether your campus has been using the same access control system for years or just a few months, keeping a clear cut idea of what is essential. And evaluating your system’s functionality is beneficial in the long run. 

There are numerous ways to assess the procedures and processes of your access control systems. Starting from the technological components to how your staff interacts with them on a daily basis. 

Determining Your Access Control Level Requirements 

Before you can work on implementing a strong access control system, your first step will always be assessing your security needs. In the event that you already have a system in place, you must see if it offers the coverage you need.

This is also important when it comes to who will be using the system and what level of access they should have. A great way of doing this is looking at the building’s layout and assigning different zone levels to each class of staff members. For example, the main entrance or higher offices vs the docking bay at the back.

Evaluating What Features Your Access Control System Has  

When buying your first access control system, many salesmen tend to harp on about the appearance and verbal information. They neglect to go into system specifics. These features are crucial when wanting the best system for the job. Would a system with fingerprint access or an ID card access suit your needs better? Do you need more than one clearance point? Or is software protection more crucial? Once you are able to answer these questions you need to check that your system covers these functions and if not it may be time to improve on your security measures. 

Defining Who Has Access & To Which Roles 

Your access control system is only as strong as the individuals using it. Even if you have a state of the art system in place, if it is run on an open use platform, your security level will drop. Evaluating your team and their individual roles within the campus is a crucial step in defining who has access and who doesn’t. In general use, access to sensitive data should only go to higher-level staff members. The same goes for full building access or system overrides.

Updating Your Technology 

In most cases, experts agree that you shouldn’t use 125-kilohertz technology including proximity readers anymore, as they are quickly going out of fashion. Rather, they strongly suggest that if you’re using any functions like this, it’s time to upgrade. This is because 125 Kilohertz systems compromise easily. And, the cards used with them are easy to duplicate. In current times encrypted technology has become far more beneficial in the sense that it defines your access parameters. Instead of just locking it, you encrypt data into an unreadable format that is only accessible if the user has the decryption key. Thereby doubling the security level.  

Performing Periodic System Tests 

In most instances, when you first install a system, a series of system tests happen. This helps to ensure everything is running correctly. However, even if they are, it does not mean that system tests are no longer needed. The best way to ensure your system remains at optimal functionality is to do system tests every few months. 

If You Take Care Of Your Access Control System It Will Take Care Of You

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It’s true that the world of security is constantly growing, changing, and adapting. But it’s that very adaptability that can be its strongest point and weakest link. With All Campus Security, each and every system is tailor-made for any situation. Simply relying on your installed system to stand the test of time against any threat is not only unrealistic but foolish. In order to ensure 100% safety, one needs to take the initiative and take the steps needed towards an improved system and a safer tomorrow. So do yourself a favor and take your first step today.