9 Nov 2017

Meeting customer’s corporate objectives in access control

Over the last several years, the access control sector has seen an increased number of integrations in areas such as video surveillance and video management software in an effort to better protect businesses and enterprise applications. But nowhere is the integration scope more progressive than the collaboration between those that set and manage corporate network policy (i.e. IT executives) and security teams, particularly in regard to access control.

By shifting access control from a siloed system within the security department to the inclusion of technologically advanced teams in charge of network security, trained IT specialists and CIOs offer valuable input when it comes to security decisions. Benefits of this collaboration are often realized through five key practices:

  1. Utilize enhanced security. IT professionals share a company's common goal: protect critical data and keep insiders out. Going to this team when looking to ensure or strengthen the cybersecurity of an access control product or technology is crucial. The growing use of the Internet of Things (IoT) comes with a heightened concern for cyber threats, and IT professionals can make certain that proper data safety protocols are being followed. Understand the customer’s corporate policy objectives to ensure the solution meets or exceeds their requirements.
  2. Have conversations around new trends and technology. Security software and hardware are advancing every day, and staying up to date with the latest network security practices is critical to avoid vulnerability to outside threats. Network security professionals already focus on using the latest technology, such as software updates and patches, making them a great resource to help create the most comprehensive and modern security system.
  3. Explore the cost benefits of various solutions. Depending on the situation, it might make sense to move forward with a cloud-based solution, whereas another may benefit from a more traditional in-house security system. There can be cost benefits to each, so it is extremely important to have a full understanding of the customer’s requirements and environment.
  4. Streamline solutions. Bringing different kinds of data into one uniform platform enhances operational efficiencies. A single point of data entry on a campus, for example, saves notable resources and time by allowing all input and updates to take place in a centralized location.
  5. Leverage simplified training. Training security personnel becomes easier with the engagement of network security professionals, reducing the amount of time spent on learning complex software systems. IT personnel are already well versed in the ins and outs of a company's computers and network environment, and can be extremely helpful when it comes to the training and ongoing management of access control solutions.

A strong relationship between access control and network security professionals is invaluable as interconnectivity between devices continues to progress. Involving IT professionals in access control discussions and understanding your customer’s network security requirements up front is vital to maintaining an organization's overall security.