Disadvantages of on-premise security solutions
There are also a few drawbacks of on-prem security solutions worth considering before choosing this option. While on-prem systems offer greater control over the security system, they are usually less flexible, and require a lot of dedicated physical space that must be temperature controlled with a robust HVAC system. These requirements are often cost-prohibitive for smaller office spaces, or organizations that may want to retain property value for lease turnover.
Compromised security—On-premise security has been the traditional method for many years; hackers are already well-acquainted with the decades-old technology used in these legacy systems. Because each location is in charge of its own security, there’s more opportunity for vulnerabilities. Additionally, each server must be individually updated to the latest security software every time there’s a patch or upgrade.
Onsite management and maintenance—On-premise systems don’t have the benefit of remote access. All configurations, including setting permissions and issuing or revoking credentials, has to be done onsite. Any time there’s a problem with the hardware, or you need to update your system, you’ll have to roll up a truck and be there to let the service staff into the building.
Lacks scalability—On-premise systems are not a great option for businesses that need to scale their access control up or back. Every additional location will require a new license, new hardware, new setup, and new dedicated IT team, with limited options for connecting disparate systems. Data also has to be manually synced with on-prem systems, which makes implementation a time-consuming process.
Limited flexibility—Most legacy hardware products will only support a limited number of third-party integrations, and only allow certain types of credentials. Legacy on-prem systems cannot accommodate as many automations with IoT devices and applications, as they don’t run on truly open platforms. This makes them less future-proof, requiring expensive upgrades and more frequent replacement to keep up with the latest technology.
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