While an access control system can be an essential element in a building’s security arsenal, like any security technology, there are some vulnerabilities that you ought to be on the lookout for. Compared to traditional systems like lock and key or just hoping manual inspections by personnel are adequate enough, access control systems are far more effective and reliable in getting the job done. Still, there are flaws in any system and it’s something that those in control of the installation and maintenance of those systems should be aware of. Hence why we’ve written up a list of some major access control vulnerabilities that one should be aware of so they can be prevented or at least looked at with a higher level of scrutiny.
Your access control system is going to use some kind of reader. Whether that reader scans fingerprints, key cards, has a built-in keypad, or some kind of optical system for detecting credentials, or however you may be authenticating identity, you’re going to need to pay attention to those physical elements of the system. If someone were to vandalize them, this could leave the system inoperable and prevent those who should have access from getting to where they need to be. This is especially the case with access control systems that are accessible to the general public and may be on the external part of a building, which is why other security measures like a heavy personnel presence or CCTV systems can help dissuade vandalism and keep your access systems protected.
To employees and visitors, sharing credentials doesn’t always seem like a big deal. After all, you know this coworker and you know they’re meant to be in the building, so what’s the harm in swiping them in or letting them use your card for a bit? The problem is when this issue becomes a regularity, and once that behavior is persistent, it can undermine the security of your whole building. Be sure that employees are aware that sharing credentials is unacceptable and make sure you routinely check who has access to what.
Cybersecurity is part of keeping your access control system up-and-running, too. Your database is going to be on your network and if someone were to gain access, they may be able to change what is required to get into where or even make duplicate copies of credentials like key cards or gain access to what passwords or pins work for where. Keeping your network locked down is important in guaranteeing the efficacy of your access control system.
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