Did you know that over 92% of America’s population access the internet regularly? This figure may not completely surprise you, however. As every day passes, our lives become increasingly entangled with life online. You may find that almost every task you complete today is done online! You will probably complete those tasks using just your mobile phone.
Important issues such as security are no different. There are reams of technology available today to help you keep your infrastructure, data, and employees safe. Converging cybersecurity systems into your physical access control processes increases security to the highest possible level. Why not take all necessary precautions to safeguard your interests?
What exactly is cybersecurity and video security system convergence, and why are mobile devices at the forefront of this revolution?
The main purpose of technology is to help make our lives slightly easier. If there is a better way of doing something using technology, why wouldn’t you do it?
Cloud-Based Access Control Systems
Physical access control systems have existed for many years. A user would be given a key card or a key fob to access a building or certain infrastructure. The key fob or key card would be pre-loaded with information regarding access credentials. The user would then simply hold the key fob or key card close to a reader and they would be granted access.
This type of access control system was relevantly secure and prevented unauthorized personnel from accessing the building. But, if the key fob or key card was lost or stolen, unauthorized personnel could use it to gain access. Quite often, the key fob or key card would have the company details printed on it, reducing security efficiency further.
The manager of the system could amend the credentials, but this would not be immediate. It may have taken days for the issue to be reported and for the necessary action to have been taken.
A cloud-based access control system has revolutionized security in this way. Quite often, the user’s mobile device will be used to gain access instead of a key fob or key card. This offers greater security as a mobile device utilizes multi-factor authentication. This means that a password or user biometrics will be needed to open the mobile phone, increasing security.
Today, if a mobile phone was lost or stolen, it would be very difficult for someone to open the phone. This greatly reduces the chance that the mobile phone can then be used to access the infrastructure.
A cloud-based access control system allows you to manage the system remotely. You can check in from a remote location to determine if there is any security issue at the building. You can also change, grant, or deny access to employees instantly, even when you are not onsite. This convenience is priceless whilst still increasing security instantaneously.
Combining physical and cyber security strategies provides you with the best of both worlds. Integrating video surveillance and RFID locking systems into your access control system increases security and monitoring procedures. A video intercom will allow you to see who is trying to gain access to the building.
For example, you may receive a notification that someone is trying to access the building without the correct credentials. You can access a live video to identify the person and grant them access to the building if you want to. If you do not want to grant access to the building, you could then contact your security officers to deal with the situation.
Such security procedures can be performed remotely, without you being onsite. The convenience of managing and monitoring access to your building is the perfect example of cybersecurity and physical security. You can use these components of security technology to deter, detect, and prevent any security issues that arise, providing a quick and simple management response.