In today’s information age, data is money. Organizations around the world store and process huge amounts of data to get insights into consumer behavior and other trends. Antisocial elements are always on the lookout for opportunities to lay their hands on data goldmines and don’t think twice before crossing the line to get what they want. Over the years, security breaches have become more common than ever before. Businesses have started recognizing the threat and are more cautious than ever before when deciding who gets access to sensitive areas. To restrict access to important areas, many companies around the world use access control systems.


What is access control?

Simply defined access control is the practice of restricting access to specific areas, systems, or other resources. To restrict access to sensitive areas within their facilities, businesses rely on access control technology that involves the use of different access control devices and processes that recognize and authenticate entry of a person.


Types of access control


Discretionary Access Control

Discretionary Access Control holds the business owner/admin responsible for deciding persons that should have access to a particular area or system. The process involves the use of an Access Control List that contains the name of every person who is allowed to enter the area at every entry point. DAC is the most popular and also the least restrictive system used by businesses around the world. The architecture of DAC makes it highly prone to malware attacks.


Mandatory Access Control

Mostly used by the military and other government bodies, Mandatory Access Control does not allow the owner to decide access. The system controls doors at the access points based on the settings created by the administrator. MAC does not let users change permits that allow access to areas throughout the facility.


Rule Based Access Control 

Rule Based Access Control ties access to Access Control Lists. Rules are created to grant access during certain times of the day.


Role Based Access Control

Also known as Non-Discretionary Access Control, Role Based Access Control assigns permissions based on roles. Simply put access is based on a person’s job function. Accountants, for instance, will be assigned to the Accountant role and will have access to the resources that accountants are allowed to use.


Access control technology has come a long way. Over the years, businesses have started using sophisticated devices such as biometric scanners proximity readers, and mag-locks to secure their premises. To ensure there is no scope for error, many businesses rely on cloud-based access control solutions and wireless access control solutions.

Just because you use an access control system does not mean your business is 100 percent safe. New security threats emerge every year. To stay one step ahead of antisocial elements who won’t let an opportunity to gain access to your restricted areas pass them by, you need to keep on top of access control trends. To help enhance the security of your facilities, we have compiled a list of top access control trends 2019.  Take a look.


1. Mobile access control will go mainstream

With mobile penetration at an all-time high, more businesses are looking for mobile access control solutions that allow them to integrate mobile access into offices. Many access control device manufacturers are either developing their mobile access control solutions or integrating their systems with other solutions.

Opting for a mobile access solution can be a significant step towards meeting the growing demands of a mobile-first world. To gain access to doors, networks, and gates, all an employee has to do is present their mobile devices such as smartphone, tablet or wearable for scanning. Some benefits of using mobile access include enhanced security, user convenience, and operational efficiency.


2. Data based access management is here to stay

In 2019 more businesses will use centralized databases to control and monitor authentication and asset access. Businesses will use data analytics to identify not only current threats but also predict future risks. More companies will use different risk simulation tools to create what-if-scenarios ensuring they have an action plan ready to meet any challenge head on. Security teams will adopt the practice of analyzing data to understand loopholes in their strategy and address them in a timely fashion.


3. Cloud-based access control tools will become popular

As the need for analyzing data and reviewing access control at regular intervals increases, more businesses will start using cloud-based access control tools. Cloud-based tools come with a number of benefits such as remote management, enhanced security, and ease of use. Cloud-based tools are quicker to install and can manage both access points, and video feeds generated at these points, helping reduce the workload of internal IT teams.


4. Businesses to use video analytics to identify potential threats

This year, more businesses will start using smart cameras that can study a person’s gait and detect and display thermal patterns. To analyze data generated by these smart cameras, companies will begin making use of intelligent video analytics tools.


5. Businesses to rely on security robots to secure their premises

In the not so distant future, security robots will patrol workplaces. High-security robots are equipped with sophisticated sensors, including thermal sensors and motion sensors and can be accessed by a security specialist via video chat. These robots can complement Internet of Things devices, helping them collect and analyze data.


6. Businesses to take various steps to enhance the efficiency of their Identity and access management systems

As security threats evolve, businesses will take various steps such as integrating their IAM with other security systems, adopting a development security operations approach, and coming up with ways to support communication between different modules to evolve their IAM systems.



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