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How Physical and Information Security Systems Benefit Each Other

It is becoming more and more apparent that security systems need to be tighter and more efficient. There are people out there looking for an opportunity to either get hold of someone’s hard-earned money or assets which can potentially ruin a business if access is not prevented. But what sort of access security types should businesses be looking at to ensure their business is protected?

Physical Security

In terms of access, physical security involves the things you have to do to gain access to a building. This could, for example, include a pass that has a unique code individual to each employee. This works by allowing staff into specific areas that they need access to; open the doors they need to enter through and even perhaps allows them through the turnstile to enter the grounds of your workplace.

Information Security

Information security is the data side of access. It may include staff having a separate pass that they swipe on their computer or slot into their keyboard. This pass will allow them to log onto their computer and allow access to the documents and software that are required to complete tasks at work.

Before now, when an employee was entering their workplace, for example, they would have entered through the turnstile by using their personal access card then this card would have been programmed with a unique code when the card was issued with what areas that specific member of staff is allowed access to. When the card was read by the reader, it would identify the employee and allow access into the designated areas. If the employee didn’t have their card programmed with the unique code, access would have been denied. The employee would then have a separate card to log on to their designated computer. Operating this way meant the security team would need to use an application that was designed specially to unlock doors meaning the information security wasn’t being monitored at the same time as it was separate. Once you were through the doors, that’s as far as it went, and the information security system was completely independent – usually monitored by the IT department.

Combining The Two

However, more and more companies are looking into combining the two systems to ensure there are no gaps in their security at any given time – for example, when new employees start and work is delayed due to lack of access into buildings or software or when an employee gets fired, and the access is still open to them for a short period of time until someone can get round to blocking all access from both systems. Combining physical security systems and information security systems is becoming a more popular way of operating and keeping track of access effectively and efficiently. In fact, according to some users, the merging of the two has changed the operation of business access security all over the world.

All in One Place

Now, companies are really looking into combining the Physical and information security systems and ensuring the identification information rules are the same all around. Combining the two systems allows all information to be in one place resulting in the data that is received all matches, and there are no gaps or delays in accessing the security data – ensuring it is easily monitored by one team. It also reduces the possibility of your data being manipulated as anomalies would be more easily spotted. And, of course, it ensures more protection from those looking to gain access into the building, as well as the company’s files and personal information.

Saves Time and Money

Once all of the identification information rules are the same across both systems, you are able to save money due to the fact you only need to employ one person to programme the software required and install the security system.  Another benefit is that you will require no additional funds to maintain the systems once they are in place, as there won’t be two separate maintenance contracts for each access type.

Extra Security

In this day and age, it is not unusual to hear of a physical security system being hacked. Therefore, another benefit of combining physical security systems and information security systems help prevent this from happening. Large organisations and government agencies are potentially leaving access to security cameras and controls in the hands of people who intend to bring harm to their organisations. As an example, in the past, when an employee has been sacked or left the organisation to go to another job, there may well have been a delay between them leaving and their access being denied, leaving gaps in access control and compromising the security of the business. If the person that can still gain access has the intent of harming your business, they have every opportunity between them leaving to the two teams catching up with the information and physical systems. Whereas, if you combine the physical and information security systems, when someone leaves the business, all access can be denied immediately, which leaves less chance of a vengeful ex-employee seeking to harm your business.

How Easy is it to Combine?

Simply put, if you find a reputable company that has experience in access control, it can be extremely easy for them to supply, and in some cases, fit and install these new systems. One particularly great way of these systems to be combined is by way of biometric scanners for both physical and information access. After all, a fingerprint is about as unique as it is possible to be in identifying the person trying to gain access to either a computer or your building.