In the 1960s, a senior engineer who worked in conjunction with the US Navy for Lockheed's Skunk Works team coined the acronym KISS, which resulted in the design principle "keep it simple stupid."
The KISS principle adopts the concept of simplicity, indicating that most systems work better if they are kept simple rather than oriented to be more complicated. When it comes to physical security systems, this concept can also play a key element in its overall success.
Safe work environments
For years, the tug of war in the security industry has faced the need for a safe environment against the desire for a technology that is convenient for users. However, finding a happy medium between the two often seems difficult to achieve.
I think you can design and have operational convenience while achieving high security. "
Jeff Spivey, security consultant and CEO of Security Risk Management, has this to say about it:If there is an understanding of security-related risks and their separate and / or collective impact on the business objectives of the organization, a resolution can be reached.Jeff also doesn't believe that convenience and high security have to be opposed. He says, "I think you can design and have operational comfort while achieving high security."
Importance of secure access control
The premise is that for organizations and spaces to be truly safe, they must be difficult to access. Therefore, by its very nature, access control is designed to be restrictive, allowing only authorized personnel and visitors to access a facility or other safe areas inside. This immediately puts convenience at odds with security.
Most people will tolerate the restrictive nature of a ticket controlled by credential, card or biometric because they understand the need for security. When this technology gets in the way of personnel who move freely through the facilities during the course of a business day, or prevent visitors or potential sellers from having a positive experience when entering the building, they become less tolerant, which It often leads to negative comments for personal safety.
Improvement of corporate security
Security consultants like Spivey and security directors emphasize that understanding the threats and risk levels of an organization will likely dictate its infrastructure and physical security approach. All the technology in the world is useless if it is not adopted by those who are expected to use it and do not conform to the culture of the organization.
Once employees and customers are informed about what safety really is, they understand that they are not losing comfort, they are gaining the freedom to move safely from point A to point B.
Convergent data and information configure new access options
The migration of physical access control systems to a more network-centric platform changes the rules of the game for security technologies.
The migration of physical access control systems to a more network-centric platform has changed the rules of the game for new security technology options.
The expansion of the Internet of Things (IoT), near-field communication devices with Bluetooth technology and the explosion of converging information systems and identity management tools that are now driving access control make it easier than ever for employees and visitors request authorization, permits and credentials.
Wireless and proximity readers
Advances in high-performance wireless and proximity readers have improved the user access experience by presenting credentials at an entrance and accelerating movement in an installation.
A user can now access a secure office from street level without touching a key or card. Using a Bluetooth smart phone or activating facial recognition technology, they enter the building through a revolving security door or turnstile. A total building automation approach adds additional convenience, as well as uninterrupted security, when access technology is integrated into other systems such as elevator controls.
A total building automation approach adds additional convenience and perfect security
How to meet security concerns at the entrance
While security managers are responsible for providing their facilities with the highest level of security possible, the human element must always be considered. But does the effort to make people feel comfortable with the ecosystem of their security system have a cost?
Does all this convenience and the drive to provide a positive security experience reduce the overall security levels of an organization? And if so, how can we continue to provide the same positive experience, including speed of entry, while improving risk mitigation and threat prevention?
Entrance doors, barriers
Users can slide through the gate or turnstile barriers while they are still open after an accredited individual has passed
Let's examine some of the various types of tickets that are used in most installations and the security properties of each. With some types of entry, there is a possibility that security does not meet its intended objectives in a way that cannot be addressed only with access control technology. In particular, with many types of doors and barriers, it is possible to follow the rear doors: users can slide through the door or turnstile barriers while they are still open after an accredited individual has passed.
To address this, many organizations hire security officers to monitor the entrance. While this may help reduce maneuvering, it has been shown that officers are not immune to social engineering and can often be "persuaded" to allow an unauthorized person to enter a facility.
Implementation of video cameras, sensors
Some organizations have implemented video surveillance cameras or sensors to help identify tailored workers after the fact or an open door for longer than allowed by the rules. This approach is not uncommon when facilities have attempted to optimize performance and maintain a positive experience for staff and visitors.
Security personnel who monitor video transmissions can alert the administration so that measures can be taken, but this is, at best, a reactive solution. It does not prevent the entry of unauthorized persons, so it is not a totally secure solution.
Optical turnstiles, fast gates
Security personnel should carefully assess the needs of their facilities and consider the technology integrated in the door.
Security personnel should carefully assess the needs of their facilities and consider the technology integrated in the door. Not all security entries work the same way. And there will always be a balance between security and convenience: the more secure the entrance, the less convenient it will be for your staff and visitors to enter your facilities.
For example, it takes more time to provide 2-factor authentication and enter through a mantrap portal than to provide only one credential and enter through an optical turnstile or a quick gate.
Therefore, it is an important first step in determining what is right at each entry point in and around the perimeter. Remember that convenience does not equal performance. Convenience is the ease and speed of entry experienced by each individual who crosses that threshold, while performance is related to the speed at which many people can access the facility.
A more convenient entry gives a better first impression to visitors and is good for the general morale of the employees. The performance is more functional; Employees must log in to start their work day (and often get paid), and quickly feel frustrated and dissatisfied when they wait in a long line to enter or leave the premises. Taking into account the form and function when designing a security entrance can ensure that those who require high security and comfort are appeased.