Access control is an essential element of any security framework whether you’re trying to protect secrets of the military or the script for the newest episode of your cult television show. It’s designed to block anyone who isn’t authorized from accessing resources that may be harmful or damaging. “Any business that has employees connected to the internet – in other words, every company currently requires some degree of access control,” says cybersecurity strategist Avi Chesla.
Access control systems are remote computer systems that can read credentials and perform a specific action (unlocking the doors, advising the on-duty staff) according to the situation and the user. These systems typically include a network interface that connects to your security management platform for data exchange and control.
There are many kinds of access control systems, but the one you choose will depend on your security needs and the sensitivity of the data you process. Companies that need high levels of security for their data tend to use more stringent models, like MAC. People who prefer flexibility and access control flexibility in access rights tend to prefer RBAC or DAC systems.
An additional factor is the ease of use aspect. If your access control system is difficult to use, it’s easy for employees to bypass or misuse the technology, which could result in security gaps and violations of compliance. It’s also essential to have strict monitoring and reporting in place to ensure that any change in the way your business operates are spotted immediately. Otherwise, you’ll be unaware of security weaknesses and vulnerabilities.