May 24, 2021
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How Access Control Security Officers Keep us Safe

How Access Control Security Officers Keep us Safe

Ina AponteMay 24, 2021

If you are running any kind of business or corporation the first thing you’ll want to do is ensure the security of your home, business and data. We are naturally concerned about our safety and security. We plan out the security measures for the protection of our home, family and workplace. 

When it comes to our security, we can’t compromise on anything. Physical protection, as well as data protection, is required to prevent ourselves from being vulnerable to criminals.

Access Control

Authenticating the identity of the users and ensuring only authorized personnel are allowed access to data or a physical building, are part of this procedure. 

According to IBM researcher Daniel Crowley, higher company-level executive protection entails restriction to data, using authentication and authorization. In case of a security breach, among the first things investigated is always access control.

Having said that, being a preventive measure, access control policies and procedures need to be set in place beforehand.

Access Control Security Officers

While law enforcement is always battling crimes, they can’t be everywhere all the time, we need to step up our own security measures. Here is where Access Control Security Officers come in. 

The first threat to any organization or individual is the ease of access to their data or building. How easy are we making it for criminals to breach?  Invasive crimes take place when the physical building or the data is accessed by unauthorized personnel. That is the reason why celebrities hire bodyguards to keep them safe wherever they go.

Access Control Security Officers provide companies and individuals the executive protection they need to secure their homes, buildings and valuable data from unauthorized personnel.

Access Control Security Officers work on several key areas to improve our security against intruders. 

  1. Control Access and Egress

The access control officers monitor who enters and leaves the premises. They need to be vigilant about who enters, whether authorized personnel or visitors and who leaves the premises. They could also be required to ensure no unauthorized material leaves the premises. 

There would be check-ins, identification checks and authorization permissions. It depends on how high the risks are, based on the facility, which determines the level of access control.

  1. Personnel Control

To ensure everyone feels protected, access control officers need to closely check identifications and authorizations of all personnel and visitors entering the premises.

  1. Detect

An access control officer critically evaluates the premises they are employed to protect, detecting any possible weakness or potential threats. They are vigilant at all times to detect any suspicious people or activity

  1. Observe

Regular patrolling and CCTV monitoring are critical aspects of an access control security officer’s job.

  1. Report

Regular reporting to the concerned authorities and documentation ensures nothing slips through the cracks and everyone is well-informed on the security situation.

Cyber Crimes

Let’s not forget cybercrimes when it comes to access control. With cybercrime on an alarming rise, access control to our valuable data is a seriously vulnerable backdoor we need to secure to ensure our safety and that of our company. 

According to Cybercrime Review, 78% of organizations in the US have been attacked in cybercrimes in the past year.

Any individual or business, whether private or government can be at risk from cybercrimes like hacking, data theft, data tampering, identity theft and money laundering among others.

Gaining access to data could be the first door unlocked to your physical security too.

Access Control Systems

There are 3 types of access control systems any dwelling or facility could apply to protect themselves, ranging from minimum protection to higher-end protection.

  1. Discretionary Access Control (DAC)

This is the lowest form of access control as it allows the user or the owner to decide the access limits.

  1. Managed/Mandatory Access Control (MAC)

Contrary to the previous system, this type is far more severe and access permissions are based on a central authority that needs to grant clearance for access.

  1. Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)

This is probably the most popular system for individuals as well as companies. Access is granted based on the role of each individual. Their privileges and job responsibilities go hand-in-hand. The system administrator controls the granting of access based on the user’s job and role.

Any company, facility or dwelling is statistically at risk for invasive crimes, with the risk increasing as the net worth increases. Understanding these critical elements of access control and hiring executive protection can secure your home or company from potential criminals.

Are you or your company protected by access control officers? Which system would you consider for yourself?

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