There are many reasons why building access control is necessary. These can range from protecting valuable equipment, company Intellectual Property or hazardous areas to the most fundamental aspect – protecting staff and authorised visitors.
It is vital to have a comprehensive security plan and up-to-date, integrated and site-appropriate access control system in place.
Ensuring that your access control system is suitable means taking a number of steps.
1. Know what you need, and whether what you have does the job properly
There are many variants of access control system, with a range of features to suit a number of different needs. As part of your regular access control system evaluation, take into consideration:
- Where the system is needed and why
- When it needs to function
- Who will be using it, and what flexibility the system needs to have to cope with differing levels of access
- Whether your existing system integrates effectively with other components
2. Keep a record of who is using what and when, and regularly compare staff movement against the planned access levels
By connecting an access method (swipe card, fingerprint) with a particular staff member or visitor, it becomes possible to assess whether people are using their accesses correctly, and thus how to update the access levels accordingly
3. Encryption technologies have evolved – have your access control systems kept pace?
Technological advances in recent years, particularly in the form of encryption technologies, have had a major impact in the security industry, with newer systems proving to be far more difficult to circumvent.
- Put a plan into place to regularly audit your existing system, taking new advances into account. Where your system needs upgrading, do so timeously to minimise the risk
- Ensure that budget is set aside to update and upgrade when necessary.
4. Regular testing and maintenance is key
Much as we regularly perform fire drills, and test smoke alarms, it is essential to implement a regular and comprehensive test of your security systems.
5. Don’t be afraid to ask the awkward questions
The inherent weakness in any security system is that it involves human interaction.
Oftentimes, holding a door open for someone, or being too polite to question an unidentified person within the premises leads to security breaches.
A strong line of communication around security protocol, expected behaviour and company policy is an important part of the overall security ecosystem – implement this and send out regular reminders and alerts to encourage good practice.
For advice and guidance on your security solutions, contact Clarus Systems today on 01223 236 655.