How can you improve security in your workplace with access controls?

Security breaches can be catastrophic for any business. These can occur not just in the digital realm but the physical too. Physical security breaches may worsen the impact of a digital security breach and they are much more preventable. If security is a priority for your business then you can’t afford to forget about the importance of access controls. If you want to ensure that your business is protected when it comes to physical security then access controls will be essential.

Physical security – where is your business vulnerable? 

 

Unguarded equipment and data access areas

f your mission critical data is accessible by anyone who wants to get to it – and key equipment is not protected at all – this creates a significant physical security risk. While it may not possible to physically ensure that data and equipment is attended at all times, putting access controls in place will make it more difficult for anyone who shouldn’t be gaining access to do so.

A lack of security mindset

Even with the best and most advanced systems in place it’s impossible to guarantee the security of your workplace if your staff don’t have a security mindset. A lack of security awareness can be very problematic, as it means that staff don’t appreciate the risks to the business of not having crucial security measures in place. That’s why concise, clear security policies and procedures are crucial, as is providing clarity on the consequences, for both the business and individuals, if these are not followed.

Employees

Your staff can be a real asset when it comes to protecting the physical security of your business and they can also be its biggest vulnerability. From those who are looking to hurt the business to ex employees with a grudge to bear, your organisation may be vulnerable to many different people. That’s why ensuring access controls are in place to provide protection against staff in certain situations is essential.

Carelessness with codes

From PIN numbers through to access codes, it can’t be emphasised enough just how important it is to ensure that there is no carelessness with codes. If there is then all it takes is an eavesdropper in the right place at the right time and physical security can be completely compromised.

Allowing the rules to be bent

If everyone in the workplace knows that security procedures and rules are there for a reason and are non-negotiable then the business will be optimally protected. However, if there are sometimes exceptions then this can encourage others to bend the rules, which will leave the business vulnerable.

Removing key vulnerabilities

If you want to ensure that your business is protected when it comes to physical security then access controls will be essential. There are a range of different options available to restrict access, either to the entire premises or specific areas within it. These, combined with regular review of passwords and codes, as well as strong digital security, will provide a comprehensive system that protects every aspect of your business.


If you’d like to discuss the best options for access control for your business, please get in touch.

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