What is Access Control?
For a company, access control systems are one of the most crucial assets. The same holds true for a homeowner who places significant value on the security of their family and loved ones. These systems scrutinize people entering and leaving the premises, while establishing controls against those who cannot gain access. What’s more, you can install these systems across all rooms, quarters and areas of your residential and commercial premises. So much so that eateries, malls and other public spots have access control systems installed for top-notch security and added protection. Outlined below are three basic types of access control systems for efficient security of personnel:
There are Three Types of Access Control Systems
- Discretionary Access Control (DAC)
- DAC is a kind of access control system that holds the owner responsible for deciding people making way into a premise or unit. This model utilizes some of the most widely-popular operating systems including Windows etc. A typical example of this system is Access Control Lists (ACLs).
- Mandatory Access Control (MAC)
- The MAC system doesn’t permit owners
to have a say in the entities having access in a unit or facility. Typically,
this classifies all users and entities and provides label which permits them to
pass through the security and gain entry.
These labels establish security guidelines and permit subjects to gain access. MAC is more commonly utilized in military-based organizations that place high emphasis on confidentiality and classification of data.
- The MAC system doesn’t permit owners to have a say in the entities having access in a unit or facility. Typically, this classifies all users and entities and provides label which permits them to pass through the security and gain entry.
- Role-Based Access Control Technology
- Alternatively known as
Non-Discretionary Access Control, this is probably one of the most demanded and
successful technologies utilized in access control systems. Not only is it
popular among households, but has also created waves across the business world
(it’s not surprising why RBAC has emerged as a buzzword in the corporate
In the RBAC model, the access provided is stringently based on the subject’s role in the organization. Majority of the employees possess some privileges as per the limitations of their job responsibilities. This further enables making good use of the RBAC model.
When it comes to choosing a certain kind of access control system, you need to contemplate on a host of factors. Some of them include nature of business, number of system users, and the security procedures followed by the organization. Places where business applications are small and basic, less-complicated access control systems are more frequently utilized.
- Alternatively known as Non-Discretionary Access Control, this is probably one of the most demanded and successful technologies utilized in access control systems. Not only is it popular among households, but has also created waves across the business world (it’s not surprising why RBAC has emerged as a buzzword in the corporate sector).
Seven Reasons for Access Control
- Protect your Employees – provide a safe working environment
- Restrict Unauthorized Access & Reduce Theft – control who has access to where and at what time
- Electronic Visitor, History Logging & Muster Reports – every access is logged & recorded. Muster Reports allow you to see who is where in your building in case of an emergency
- Eliminate Key Problems – no more keys, you can use swipe cards, tags, fingerprints or even your mobile phone
- Customize Individual Schedules – set up time schedules for employees, short term access for cleaners or restrict certain areas – super easy to do with access control
- Provide Remote Access – does a contractor need to access building but no-one is on site to let them in? You can provide access to your site remotely and you always know who is coming & going
- Reduce Energy Bills & Protect Environment – your access control system can integrate with building management system to turn off unnecessary lighting or heating in unoccupied areas
Are you an Access Control Vendor?
We’re always on the lookout for well-designed products to recommend to our clients. We seek the following qualities in our vendors:
- Operational Security
- Information Security
- Well-designed G.U.I.’s (Graphical User Interfaces)
- Privacy Focus
- High Availability
If you feel you may meet some or all our perquisites; please feel free to use the form on the right and contact us!