3 Concerns Access Control Admins Should Be Aware Of

Access Control

There are many benefits to access control systems but it’s important to be aware of the vulnerabilities as well.

There’s no doubting the countless benefit of access control systems over traditional lock and key systems—not only is security itself improved when the switch is made, but so too is efficiency. As with any system, however, there are some vulnerabilities. That’s not to downplay the amount of use any given building concerned with security can get out of installing access control systems, but it’s something to be aware of—and if you manage an access control system, be sure to take note of these three potential concerns.

Shared Credentials

It’s happened to the best of us: you get to work and realize you forgot your swipe card, only to wait by the door and ask someone if they can let you in. Technically they shouldn’t swipe you in, but they recognize you and shrug it off, not considering that their actions may undermine many of the benefits of access control systems. If this behavior persists, it makes it difficult to know who is coming or going, so be sure to remind employees of the importance of using their own credentials.

Reliance on Networking

If your network is put in jeopardy, your access control systems might be as well. Remember that there’s a distinct relationship between physical security and cybersecurity. We are headed towards a world where the two inform one another and subsequently rely on one another, so it’s important to make sure your network protection is prioritized as well.


Most access control systems include some kind of card reader, keypad, or fingerprint/biometric scanner. These physical elements have to be accessible to users but that in itself can lend to some potential issues. Any external access control systems on the outside of a building are especially prone to vandalism, as the general public has easy access to them and could tamper with the system. Consider installing a commercial CCTV system in plain view of external readers to help discourage criminal activity.

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