Identifying the best security tools that actually align with your hotel’s needs can be challenging. Even just researching new systems can feel like wading through a sea of buzzwords. RFID, analytics, IoT. It’s frustrating trying to figure out what’s actually relevant for your particular facility.
The goal of any security system is to permit only the movement that you actually want of people, assets, or data within your facility. That principle remains the same whether it’s officers and inmates in a corrections facility, mobile devices with sensitive data at a power plant, or forklifts in a warehouse.
A proper Enterprise Security Strategy requires end-to-end execution, relying on a wide range of different access control and security systems integrated together. The challenge is cover any possible breaches, while being flexible as trends change. Rather than using brute force or expensive tactics, you should focus on carefully integrating all parts of your system so that there is no opportunities for malicious activity to take place. A carefully planned, fully secure system will save you more money in the future in the event you have a knee-jerk reaction to correct a problem when it's already too late.
It's not if, but when your organization will suffer a security breach. Whether they’re large or small, or protecting from internal or external attacks, every organization must remain vigilant. Even the NSA, arguably the most secure US federal intelligence agency, failed to stop Edward Snowden from releasing an estimated 1.7 million sensitive records
Except for the more garish super villains, criminals avoid the spotlight. Most prefer to operate in theaters where they can remain in the shadows and maintain a level of control. Enter Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). CPTED is not a new sensor or camera. Rather, CPTED is a set of design principles intended to take the sense of anonymity and control away from the bad guys; and by doing so, make your facility a harder target. CPTED principles, when properly applied, allow you to anticipate the thought process of potential offenders and reduce the opportunity for crime.
What’s Your Protection Profile?
You protect physical assets from security threats. The type and strength of protection you implement is driven by the kind of business or organization, and the type and severity of the threats you face. That new hospital wing—major security is demanded. The dirt lot next to it that you haven’t yet developed: a chain link fence will do. One organization might make the largest investment in protecting keys; others in protecting people; still others in protecting trucks and equipment. Every business touches multiple threat categories, but they’ve each got their focus. Of course, educational institutions have their own set of unique security threats.
Reliable guard tour systems help any business maximize the benefits of their security patrols.
In a few short years ‘convergence’ has gone from just a buzzword, to a supposed fad, to now the new normal way of operating. This rapid shift in thinking has come about mainly because technological convergence is no longer a trend specific to the security industry, it now reflects a larger change in our society.
The goal of any physical security system is to permit only the movement that you actually want of people, assets, or data within your facility. That principle remains the same whether it’s officers and inmates in a corrections facility, mobile devices with sensitive data at a power plant, or forklifts in a warehouse.
Editor's Note: Originally published February 15, 2017. Updated in January 2019 for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
It's a new year, and what better time to look at some of the changes over the past year that lead to new trends in 2019. For access control, those trends are moving steadily toward more devices, more points of access and definitely more data.