When securing your company’s computing infrastructure, one of the most useful ways to manage it is with access control. Not only is it the best way to protect valuable information, but it also helps limit the number of people who have access to specific pieces of data. The few people that have access to sensitive information, the less chance there is that it can be stolen or leaked.
There are more ways than ever before to implement access control in your organization. Let’s go over a few things to consider regarding access control, along with some innovative methods it can be applied in for your business’ security.
Why Implement Access Control?
It’s important to understand the need for access control. First and foremost, not everyone in your business needs to have access to all your company’s information. Human resources will need access to employee information, while accounting and financing will need to be able to get banking information and budgetary data. Rarely will those two necessities intersect.
For departments to operate smoothly and to keep information secure, employees should only have access to the information needed to perform their jobs, and nothing more. Limiting access to information keeps your employees focused and will reduce the risk of sensitive information being released.
Access Control Technologies
There are a few ways to implement barriers for access to information on your network. These include two-factor authentication, biometric scanning, and physical security measure.
One of the easier, and increasingly popular, forms of access control is two-factor authentication. Many companies are suggesting two-factor authentication for their customers to reduce the risk of personal information getting released. So, it only makes sense to implement this within your company with your employees.
Two-factor authentication requires the user authenticate themselves further using a code that is sent either to a different device or through an email address associated with the account. Once the code is entered, the user will have access to the information or account.
If you aren’t sold on a code being sent to a device or email being secure enough, maybe something a little more personal and unique will suit your security needs. With the use of biometrics, physical characteristics and properties, you can implement systems that can scan fingerprints or irises for access to information or locations.
This sounds like something straight out of a spy movie, but you may already be using a fingerprint to unlock your phone. The technology is here, so why not make use of it in your business security.
With more and more business being done digitally, it’s easy to forget about security at a physical location. Protecting your office is as important as securing your network. You want to make sure the people inside your business are meant to be there. This can be achieved through card keys, security cameras, and electronic locks. As well as a security guard to check-in visitors when they arrive and can track them when they are there. Unlike securing a network, physical security is more in-depth and depends on each location and size of the office.
Network security should be at the forefront of every business owner’s mind, and access control is an important aspect of that. If you’re looking to improve your network security, it’s time to give IT Support Guys a call.
We have successfully installed and implemented network security solutions for small to medium-sized businesses for over a decade. To learn more and to schedule your free technology assessment, call and talk with a specialist today at 855-4IT-GUYS (855-448-4897).