Controlling access to your business is the first line of defense against security threats. Depending on the size of your company, as well as the assets you are trying to protect, there are many different options available. Sensitive equipment and information need to be protected against burglary and vandalism, as well as possible internal threats. Additionally, the security of your employees may be a concern. Here are a few of the best options to meet the varied needs of your company.
Simple Key and Lock Access
If you have a smaller company or business, perhaps with just one or two doors, lock and key access may be right for you. This allows for simple installation, and it doesn't require power to work. The downside to this access is that it can be difficult to track who is using the keys, especially if you have many employees.
Access Cards with Magnetic Stripe
Access Cards can be a great because access with the card can be easily removed in the case of employee termination. They also make it possible to limit access to only certain times of the day. With the magnetic stripe, cards are inexpensive to issue or to replace if needed. The downside to this is that they can be easy to reproduce by other parties as well. They are subject to lots of wear and tear as the magnetic stripe rubs off over time.
Proximity Access Cards
Proximity cards don't require the card to be swiped like a magnetic stripe does—the employee just has to have the card close to the sensor. This cuts down on the issue of wear and tear. They also tend to be more secure than those with magnetic stripes, as they are more difficult to duplicate. As a result, you will pay more for the production of these cards.
While smart cards are the most expensive access cards on the market right now, they are even more secure than proximity cards as they utilize encryption and mutual authentication. They also can be nice if you need to provide multiple functionalities with the card, such as using them as library cards or providing access to special events.
Personal Identification Numbers can be used to give access to entry ways as well as employee accounts, at a much lower cost. They are simpler to issue or to change, but they carry the added risk of being forgotten or shared with unauthorized users.
By far the most expensive option, biometrics also provides the highest level of security. They utilize scanning of the fingerprint, face, or retina for recognition of the employee. The impossibility of forgetting or losing this information also makes it a more secure option. The only downside is that if this information is compromised, it can be difficult to rectify the issue.
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