Access Control Entry in a Trusting Employer Environment

Access Control Entry in a Trusting Employer Environment
Bob Gamble
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Over the years, we have learned a lot about what companies are looking for in access control entry. Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey employers are often navigating the challenges of using electronic access control systems to secure the premises, while still maintaining an environment where employees feel they are valued and trusted. It’s tough, but it can be done. Here are some ways to handle it. 

1. Be strategic with employee access.   

According to a 2023 cybersecurity industry report, nearly half of employers are giving their workers far more access privileges than needed. This leaves them susceptible to internal theft by dishonest employees: data theft, cash skimming, loss of inventory, and more. By being highly strategic about the amount of access employees get, the risk of these crimes of internal theft can be substantially reduced. With a system designed for customized access control entry, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey employers can prevent employees from entering areas that are not central to their duties, while still giving them easy access to their primary work areas. The staff administrator can adjust employee access when needed by logging into the secure, web-based access control portal from a company-owned device or their own smartphones.  

2. Create system management protocols. 

Whether the onsite administrator is the IT department, security personnel, or the company owner, it is important to create protocols for how to manage the access control entry system. To maximize the effectiveness of the system, employers should develop protocols for oversight tasks like viewing the access logs. How often this should be done will depend on the size of the organization, number of secured entries, and number of employees. There must also be a protocol on what action should be taken when an unauthorized person is denied entry to a secure area.

In addition, the administrator should immediately deactivate the access control credentials of terminated employees; this should be part of the written protocols.

And finally, there should also be a clear plan for lockdown procedures in the event of an active shooter or other emergency. These protocols should all be simple for the administrator to implement on demand because of the user-friendly, web-based portal that can be accessed from any device. 

3. Choose the right access credentials. 

Using an access control entry system to manage employee access starts with carefully choosing the credentials that will be issued to employees. Whether an employer selects a card, badge, keyfob, or biometrical credential should be approached from the perspective of user friendliness. What type of credential will be the easiest for your employees to adopt? If customers, visitors, or vendors also need access to the premises, can you assign them a different entry with a different credential? These are the types of questions we can address when you contact us for an access control consultation.  

To help employers achieve security while maintaining a trusting environment, Security Instrument can custom design an access control system that meets the needs of your organization. To discuss access control entry for Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania or New Jersey businesses, call Security Instrument now. We look forward to assisting you.  

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