2. The cloud is here to stay
The cloud is one of the most important physical access control trends to note. According to a recent study by Flexera, 92% of companies today have systems running in the cloud, and security is beginning to see more migration from on-premise to cloud-based access control systems. Going cloud-based offers many benefits for organizations, from having control for multiple sites in a central location, to better response to breaches and security incidents.
When it comes to management, a cloud-based system comes with tools that assist administrative and security teams to sort, view, and process data more efficiently in one single place. For example, with a legacy system, access control and security are usually managed for each building or site separately. This means that granting access to another building requires multiple teams to communicate, and often means the user has to have multiple physical credentials. With cloud-based access control, admins can easily adjust access permissions from anywhere, and even remotely unlock the door for a user if needed.
While the benefits of a cloud-based access control provide greater convenience and more robust security for organizations, midsize and enterprise companies have been reluctant in adopting a fully cloud-based system. Interoperability and integration with existing systems was a significant part of the resistance, as buildings often come with existing systems that control locks, cameras, and other physical security measures. However, new access control technology trends have made cloud access control more interoperable with legacy systems. With a hybrid cloud system, companies can take advantage of centralizing access data across locations in the cloud, without having to rip and replace all the hardware.
While physical access control delegates permissions to enter a building, logical access control also includes admittance to computers, networks, files, and usernames and passwords. Physical access control can be used to bolster cybersecurity efforts, assisting in minimizing the risk of unauthorized access, with real-time alerting and fast access to restriction mechanisms in the cloud. The recent access control breaches in the news, namely the Panasonic security breach, further emphasize the importance of utilizing the latest access control technology to secure sensitive data and prevent disastrous, and often costly, security breaches through a cloud-based system.
In the big picture, organizations have a lot to gain from migrating to cloud-based access control. The future of access control will continue to see improvements in cloud-based systems, making them more flexible, scalable, and secure.
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