Owning and operating your own business comes with a unique set of challenges. And as technology advances, more of these challenges become security risks that threaten the wellbeing of the company.
With robust, proper security systems in place, however, your business can operate unhindered by the evolving cyber and physical threats that plague every industry.
Since the invention of the computer, there has been a steady increase in emphasis on cyber security in the workplace. In fact,cyber security began in 1972 on a research project called ARPANET (The Advanced Research Projects Agency Network), which was the precursor to the Internet.
A researcher on the team named Bob Thomas designed a computer program called “Creeper.” This program could move across ARPANET’s network, and leave a breadcrumb trail wherever it went, reading: “I’m the creeper, catch me if you can.”
Ray Tomlinson, the inventor of email, wrote the program “Reaper,” which chased and deleted Creeper. Reaper was the very first example of antivirus software.
Not long after this, more businesses began using the telephone to create remote networks. But every piece of connected hardware created a vulnerable new entry point that needed to be protected. Thus, proper cyber security was born out of necessity.
Reliance on computers grew and networking swelled. It became clear to governments that cyber security was essential, and unauthorized access to data and systems could be catastrophic. Spending has increased year over year;in 2020, the United States Department of Defense had the biggest proposed cyber security bill to date at $9.95 billion.
From one corrupted file to theshutdown of a country’s entire stock market, cyber threats can create a spectrum of damage to businesses, individuals, even entities. But while many businesses focus the majority of their efforts on cyber security, physical threats should not be ignored.
Physical security refers to the measures in place that protect buildings, employees and visitors, and the equipment within. Any kind of security breach impacts the business in some way. Whether it be financial loss, employees feeling unsafe, or an impaired reputation, business owners have endless reasons to invest in safeguarding their physical spaces.
Keeping unwanted people out and granting access to authorized parties is the simplified goal of physical security. Without a plan or protocols in place, business owners open up their space to criminal activity, workplace accidents, natural disasters, and other negative events that can be detrimental to the business.
Types of physical security:
Access control solution
Key fobs/key cards
The sophistication of physical security israpidly expanding thanks to Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure. This means that physical security measures are becoming more intertwined with IT protocols. Business owners should strategize their security and IT efforts together to create a safe and productive environment in the workplace.
A perfect example of the marriage of physical security and IT efforts is cloud-based access control. Unlike the on-premise server model, a cloud-based access control system is capable of storing, managing, and processing large amounts of data in 3rd party data centers. This allows the user to remotely access and manage their data anywhere, at any time, on any device.
Example: You are out of town traveling and receive an “unauthorized access” notification from your mobile app that is tied to your cloud-based access control system. In real time, you can see that someone is opening doors to spaces that are restricted to most of your employees. This instant alert allows you to quickly notify law enforcement so the situation can be handled swiftly.
If the same scenario happened with an on-premise access control model, the transgression would be captured, but the details could not be obtained until you physically access the onsite server. This cannot be done instantly if you are out of the office. There is a major delay in action when an unauthorized person forces entry into a building with on-premise access control.
The real time visibility gained with cloud-based access control is a powerful feature of this type of solution. This system allows users to remotely manage door access, schedules, and settings from any device.
Verkada’s Access Control solution is not only cloud-based for ease of management, but also boasts seamless integration capabilities with Verkada security cameras. Gaining visual evidence for live and historic door-based events improves incident response time and peace of mind for all employees and managers.
Paired with the visual power of supplemental security cameras, this creates a robust, connected security environment that captures every moment of door access for 365 days of continuous recording.
Verkada’s cloud-based access control solution can be used in a wide variety of industries.
Schools and government buildings have had huge success with their Verkada access control implementations. It creates an organized, efficient system, so administrators can manage door activity for teachers and faculty easily and remotely.
“We have a new key card system where staff will use the key card identification. The nice thing is on the backside of that, we can log when they came into the school, and we know exactly who’s been in the school.” – Dr. James Chamberlin , Principal, Fraser Valley Elementary School of East Grand School District in Granby, CO.
Verkada’s cloud-based access control is also a powerful solution when it comes to fatal threats like school shootings, which have skyrocketed in number in the last decade. With the click of a button, administrators can lock the doors of an entire campus instantly. In addition, live camera feeds can be shared via SMS or email link to emergency personnel, cutting down on response time dramatically. These links can be sent from any device, including mobile phones and tablets.
All Verkada products are designed to work together seamlessly to deliver proactive, intelligent security measures. Another incredible product is the Verkada Environmental Sensor, which is designed to detect changes in air quality to help combat the issue of student vaping and smoking. Pairing the Environmental Sensor with Verkada security cameras adds visual evidence to identify perpetrators in such instances.
In short, cloud-based access control can transform the entire way your company conducts business and protects itself. This powerful security tool is made even stronger when paired with products like AI security cameras that provide visual evidence to door events being monitored.