5 reasons for IT to get physical with Access Control
A guide to choosing an IT and user-friendly building security system
Network security and building security are equally important. If either system is compromised, the organization is immediately at risk. But while many network security systems are now built to support IT best practices and standards, such as, virtualization, physical access control systems (PACS) have traditionally been designed without IT professionals in mind.
Not only are these legacy systems more difficult for IT departments to deploy, support and maintain, they are also more cumbersome for physical security and facility operations colleagues to manage on a day-to-day basis, often requiring expensive, stand-alone Windows servers, individually licensed software and proprietary door hardware, while only being accessible from a few, isolated office computers.
Fortunately, these limitations are finally changing, as a new breed of affordable, webbased physical access control systems provide several key advantages over traditional PACS. While there are many factors to consider, five of the most important attributes of an IT- and user-friendly physical access control system include platform reliability, system security, mobile access, ease of use and non-proprietary door hardware.
This guide has been written to help IT professionals evaluate the effectiveness of their existing building security system and work with their physical security counterparts to find a physical access control system that meets their organization’s overall security, IT and budgetary needs.
Please read the attached whitepaper.