Although security threats are constant, preliminary data suggests that businesses are planning to spend even more on cybersecurity in the coming months. After all, identity theft accounted for $17 billion in stolen goods and cash during 2017 — and with the pandemic-driven economic downturn, it’s likely that cybercrime will continue to rise.
But it’s important to remember that criminal activity still takes place offline. By investing in commercial access control, your business has likely taken steps to prevent theft, vandalism, fraud, and a host of other issues. However, this type of technology doesn’t last forever. Access control systems can become outdated in a matter of a few years. How do you know if your access systems could use an upgrade? Here are three distinct signs to look for.
- You’re struggling to integrate other security features: You may insist that if a system isn’t broken, there’s no need to fix it. But you don’t necessarily need to experience frequent system shut-downs; there are other ways in which access control systems might be holding your business back. For example, older access control systems are bound to be equipped with older technology. At best, this tech might not be the best on the market. But at worst, this technology might fail to integrate with other security measures within your facility. Increased connectivity can help your business be more equipped in the event of an emergency. And if your access control isn’t able to work seamlessly with those other systems, you’ll have notable vulnerabilities others can use to their advantage. If this scenario sounds familiar, you’ll want to consider upgrading to a newer system.
- You’ve experienced a breach or break-in: A business that has already experienced any kind of unauthorized access is clearly in need of improved security measures. The whole point of access control systems is to restrict admission to specific individuals. When it’s been proven that your system is not fulfilling its main purpose, there is no doubt that it’s time to explore other options. Keep in mind that if there’s already been some sort of breach, it’s all too easy for those vulnerabilities to again be exploited. Adding more surveillance cameras may be a start, but it’s better to restrict access from the start than to spot unauthorized activity after it’s already taken place.
- Your company is growing at a rapid rate: Keep in mind that an antiquated system isn’t the only reason to upgrade. Although your current access control needs might be met, the same may not be able to be said once your business expands at a fast rate. With more individuals being allowed onto the premises, you could be held back by your current system. If you’re constantly waiting on access cards or you’re giving out the same security code to every new hire, your system won’t be efficient or truly secure. You deserve a system that will allow your business to scale as needed, without any delays.
Have you determined that it’s time to give your access control system a much-needed upgrade? We’re here to help. For additional information on how we can make your business safer, please contact us today.