An access control system is an electronic system that only allows access through a secure portal to authorized personnel. Access control systems are automated; they don’t need a security officer to check or validate the authorization of people who want to pass through the portal. But most access control systems stop there; Protek access control systems are remarkable because they boast six steps crucial to managing your security.
These steps are authorization, authentication, access, restrictions, monitoring and reporting, and managing. We’ll discuss these steps in detail.
What is Access Control Systems?
We’ve lightly covered access control systems, but what we’ve discussed is just the tip of the iceberg. Access control systems deter and reduce criminal behavior and violations against an organization’s physical or virtual properties. There are three common types of access control systems: mandatory access control (MAC), discretionary access control (DAC), and role-based access control (RBAC).
Mandatory Access Control (MAC)
Mandatory access control systems provide the most formidable security because only system administrators can edit or permit access for everyone. Other control access systems allow users to change permissions that give them access to buildings or files. But a mandatory access control system only gives that power to select individuals.
Government entities resort to using mandatory access control systems because of their shrewdness. It is the most committed to confidentiality.
Discretionary Access Control (DAC)
A discretionary access control system gives the power to edit permissions besides the system administrator – someone like the business owner, for example. As long as the business owner has the appropriate credentials, they can change others’ permissions as they deem fit.
While some people might find this system convenient, it requires hands-on management, especially if the business owner deems changing people’s access regularly necessary.
MAC is convenient because you need only set the permissions once, and the system will remain that way rigidly unless changing the permissions again is necessary. But with DAC, the person who has the power to change the permissions might have to regularly review who has access to which in case they give consent to the wrong parties.
Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)
The role-based access control system gives access to individuals based on their roles or responsibilities in the organization. For example, a low-level business associate will access buildings meant only for low-level associates, while the CEO can access everything in the system.
Most businesses like this approach because it’s easier to set up a security system for groups than individuals. For example, the business owner can classify the entire human resources department as having access to the human resources building or files. Anything that does not have anything to do with human resources – like marketing – is off-limit for them.
These three are the most common types of access control systems. Other types are more complicated; examples of these systems are rule-based, attribute, identity-based, and history-based access control systems. Check out our blog explaining the different access control systems for more information.
What Makes Protek Access Control System Special?
The Protek access control systems are unique because of their highly-customizable approach to fulfilling your security needs. We offer six security aspects to our clients who need access control systems.
The first step of setting up Protek access control systems is creating security policies. Security policies define the members of the organization, the things they can access, and what they can do. The system administrator reserves the right to complete this step in setting up the access control system.
Let’s take the role-based access control type as an example. The authorization process for this type includes segregating the organization’s members based on their responsibilities and giving them access accordingly.
Employees, visitors, or any business associate who seeks to access to specific locations within the organization have to present their credentials for review and validation. Credentials come in many forms; they can be access cards, key fobs, numeric codes, or biometric credentials such as fingerprints or voice recognition.
Different forms of credentials require particular authenticating devices. Access cards require card readers or scanners, while numeric codes need numeric keypads.
Individuals have to present their cards or punch in their numeric code so the access control system can determine if said individuals have permission for entry.
The appropriate restricted areas will unlock once the system authenticates an individual’s identity and permission. But what if the system detects that the individual does not have permission to access certain grounds?
If an individual’s credentials indicate that they don’t have access to specific locations within the facility, those sections will remain locked for them. But, as we’ve discussed above, particular control access types are flexible. Using the discretionary access control system, someone who can edit people’s permissions can grant access to anyone at any time.
Monitor and Report
Reliable access control systems record who use their credentials at which entry points. Constant monitoring and regular reports help businesses assess potential security threats.
They can know who tries to gain access to locations they aren’t allowed in and how many times they try to enter it. Other specific monitoring aspects include how long someone is inside a particular region of the premises, when they entered those regions, and how frequently they visit those sections.
Access control system administrators can grant and remove authorization as they see fit. These are the individuals who receive regular reports from the monitoring system. Administrators receive real-time alerts if irregularities occur, like someone repeatedly trying to access a location where they don’t belong.
Impeccable Customer Service
Another thing that makes Protek access control systems special is the impeccable customer service. Our professional teams are always available for onsite installation, service, and repair.
We can customize an access control system to suit your needs, and we will make sure it runs without problems.
Reach Out to Us About Your Access Control System Needs
Reach out to Protekfs for all of your access control system needs. Aside from access control systems, we also provide fire alarm systems, inspections, fire sprinkler systems, and clean agent suppression systems services.
You can reach us at 801-718-1055 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Our office is at Protek Fire and Systems 3520 W, Galaxy Park Pl Suite 100, West Jordan, Utah 84088.