What is access control?
Access control is a way of limiting unauthorised entry to a system, virtual resource or place of location within a building.
In an access control system, users must present certain credentials to be granted access; physical examples include a key fob, access card or fingerprint access.
Logical access includes connections to computer networks, data and system files. More information here.
Different types of access control
There are three main types of access control, including role-based, discretionary and mandatory. Below is a brief outline of the types of involved in access control; however the requirements of each organisation will depend on the type installed.
- Role-Based: permissions are granted according to the roles of staff, which are assigned to users. Administrators can manage and administer roles.
- Discretionary: the user has direct control over the programs in the system, so there is one method of access that opens all doors.
- Mandatory: a policy or component is used to restrict the access of users, which is typically a password or keypad.
The benefits of having an access system in place for organisations
There are many benefits of having an access control system installed, especially the increased security. Below are the top advantages of having access control.
- Restrict Certain Areas
If you have a certain area in the building that has confidential information, such as employee information, access control is a great way of restricting entry from those that do not have the authority to do so. Access control key cards allow the organisation to control that can access a specific office.
- Multi-Location Entry
An entry system makes it easy for employees and managers to traverse from one building to another with minimal hassle. This is a better solution to having multiple keys for various offices.