Solutions to 5 Common Access Control Problems

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Nov 21, 2016

Effective security is more than just good equipment. In fact, thousands of dollars in electronic access control can be wasted if they are not used properly. In many cases, proper operational controls fail to be implemented and enforced.

In IPVM's Access Control courses, students share real world situations where access control does not work. Over the span of multiple courses, key trends emerged.

5 common problems include:

  • Using Only One Credential or One Access Schedule
  • Door Props Are Rampant
  • Tailgating Is Not Addressed
  • Uncontrolled Doors Are Used
  • Lousy Visitor Management

Inside, we examine each one and explain how to solve them.

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  • "*************, *** ** *** ****** ******** *** **** ***** **** mechanical **** *** ****** **** ** ******** ********* ******* ******* it, **** ****'* ****** **** ** ********* **** * **** later (******* ****** *** ****** ******** *** *****)."
  • "* **** ** *** ******** **** **** ****** ***** ****** to **** ****, *** **** *** ***** ****** (** ********, technicians, ******, ***.) ** ****** ****** ********* ** ******* ***** areas **** *** ******. ********* **** **** **** *** ** the ********* *** ******** ***** ** *** **** *** ***** use ** *** ********* ** *** *****."
  • "*** **** ******* * **** ** ***** **** ****** ****** all *** ***** ** *** ******* *** **** **** *** last ****** ******, **** * ****** *** **** *** ********. This ** * ******** ****** ** **** *** ****** *** designed ***."
  • "** * ****** ** ****, * ****** ****** *** ********** manager *** ******** ******* ** **** ** ****** ** ***** his ****** *********** ******* ******* **** ********* *** ******** ****** the ****** ****** *** ************ **** ***********/********* *****, ***... *** really ********, **** ********, *** ***** ** *** ****** ***** during ***** ** ****'* **** **** *****."
  • "*'** **** ***** ***** **** ***** ****** **** ********* *** main ***** ** * ****** ******* ****** ** ********* * holiday ******** ***** ******* ***** **** **** *** ****** ******** so **** *** ******* ***** ****** *** ***** *** ******** but ** *** ** ***** ******** ******** ****** ** *** interior ** *** ******** *** *** ***** ******* **** *** unlocked ** ****."
  • "* **** * ******** **** * ******* **** ******* **** employs ****** ** "*** ****" ********* **** **** ******* * high ******** ****. ***** **** ** ******* * ****** ***** and ** ***** ******* *** ******** ** ***** *********! ** spend ** **** ******** ***** *** ***** *********** **** *** database. ** ***** ** ** **** ****** ** **** *** the ***** ***** **** *** ***** **** *** ** *** next *** *****."
  • "* *** ******* ** **** * **** **** **** ** users **** *** ******** *** **** **** ******. ** *** system, *** ****** **** ****** **** *** ********!"

*** ********: ******* ** ******** ********* *** ************ ******* ****** *** *********** ************* ******* *** ******* ********* ** ********** ****** **** simple ********** ***** *** ****. ***** ****** ** ************ ******* to ****** *** ******* *********** *** ***** ****** ****** *** discrete ****** ****** ***** ** *** ***** ******** ****. *********** or ******* ****** **** *** ********** ** ***** ***** ******** and ****** *** **********.

** *****, ***** ********* ** ****** ** ****** **** ****** of *** ****** *** ****** *** ****** ***** *** ********** electronic ******.

Door ***** *** *******

******* ****** ******* *** *** *** ** **** *****- ********* finished **** ******** ****-*****, ********* **** ****** ** **** ** trash - **** **** *** ****** ** ******* ***** **** and ********, ******* ********** **** **** *********** ** ********** ****** at ***:

  • "*** ** *** ******* -- * ****** **** * ********* on ** ***** -- *** ****** ******* ** *** ***** doors, *** **** ********* ****-**** **** ***** ** *** ** the ********* ***** ** **** ********* ***** ******* ** ***** can *** **** **. *** **** ***** *** ***** **** after ********* ** ****. * ******** **** ** ****** *** door *****."
  • "*** ******** ****** **** ** ***** ******* **** **** *** only ******** ** *** ***** **** ********. *** *** * reader ** *** **** ** ******** ** **** ***** ** prop *** ****? * *** *** *** *** ****** ***** on * ******* *** *** **** ** *** **** ** people **** *** *** ** ***** *** *** *** **** the ******. *** **** ****** ****** ** ******."
  • "**** ****** ***** * **** *** **** **** *** ***** is *** ***** ** ******** ***** - ********* ******* ********* need ** ** *** *** * *****, *** ***'* ** bothered ***** ***** ***********."
  • "***** *** ****** ******* ** ***** ***** ****** *** ******** guys **** ** *** **** ***."
  • "* ******** ******* * ********** ** ** *** ** ** audio ****** *** *** *** *** *** **** ***** **** propped **** **** ********. **** * **** * ******* ** the ******** ********, ** ****** **** ** *** ***** **** left ****/******, **** *** **** ***** ** ************. **** ****** to **** * ******** **** **** ****** ** ***** '***** sweat *****'."

*** ********: ** ** ****** ** ************ *** **** **** ***********, *** ****** ******** ** ** ******* ** *** **** prop ****** ** ******** ****. ** **** *****, **** *** require ******** ******** ***** **** * *********** *** ************ ****-*****, but ***** ** ***** ********* ******* ** *****, ***** ****, rocks, *** ****** **** **** ****** *** ********** ** ***** under * ****.

****** **** **** ** *********** * ******* ********** *** **** mitigate * ********* ******** **** *********** *** ****** ******.

Tailgating ** *** *********

*** ******* *** ** **** ** *** ** *** *********** a ****** **** **** * **** **** *** ******** ****** entering ** ******* ** ****, ******* ********** *** ****** ****** from '***********' ****** ** ***. ** **** *** **** ***** of *** ***** ** ************* - ****** ******* ************ *** ******* *** ********* ****** ******** *** ******** ** a ******* ******** ******:

  • "** *** * ******* **** ****** **** ******* ** * highly ****** ******* ******** ****** *** *** ********* **** ******** to *** *** ********** ** **** ** ************. *******, **** would *** **** *** ******** ** *** ********* **** ** tailgating ** ******* *** **** ****."
  • "********** **** ******* *** **** **** ****; ****** **** **** lunch, ********* ** ****** ***** ***** *** ******** **** * reads, **** ** *** **** '************' ****..."
  • "***** *** ** **** ********** ***** *** **** ***** *** door **** *** *** ** ****** ****** ** * *** that ***'* **** **** **** *****. *****."
  • "* ****** ** * ** *** ***** **** **** *** patrolled ** ***** *** **** *******-**** ** *** *******, *** it *** **** ****** *** ******* ** **** *** **** and ***** ********** ** ******** *********** **** **** ******** ***** inside **** ** ************* ** *** *****."
  • "*** ********* ******* *** ********* ******* *** *** **** ********, and *** ********** ***** ******* ** *** ********* ******* ****** for *** ********* ******* ** **** **** *** ******** *** tailgate, *** ***** *** *** ********."

*** ********: ******** *********** ******** *** ********* ** ********** ** ******* tailgating, **************** **** ******* ** ****** ********* **** ***** *********. *******, ** **** ******** *** **** effective ****** ******* ******** *********, **** ********, *** **** ******* notifying *** ******* *** ***** ** *** *****.

Uncontrolled ***** *** ****

*********, *** ***** **** ** ******** ** ** ****** ******* system, *** *** ** ************ ** ********* ***** ************ ******** in * ******** ******* *******. *** **** ** ***** ***** doors ***** *** ****** ****** ***** ** ******* ********* *** not ********** *** ******** **** ** ******* * ******** ******:

  • "* **** **** ** **** ******/ ********* ********* ***** *** front ****** ** ******* *******. *******, *** ***** **** **** around *** **** *** *** **** ** ***** **** **** and ** *** *** ****** ** **** *** **** **** walking ** ** *** ***** ******."
  • "*** ***** * **** ** ****, *** ******* **** ****** doors ****** *** ******** *** **** ** *** ***** ****'* have * ****** ** *** **** **** *** ******. *** of ***** ***** *** ***** **** ** ** *** **********. It ****'* **** * **** ****** ****** ** **, *** it *** ** ***** ** *** ***** ***** **** ** tempting ** *** ** ** **** ******* ****. * *** of ** ***** **** ***** ** *** **** ** *** access. ****** ** *** ********** ***** **** *** **** *** the **** *** *** *******, ******** ****** **** *** ******** without ****** ** **** *** ***********."
  • "******* ********** **** * **** ******** **** ******* *** ********, but *****'* ******** **** ***** **** ******* *** ****** ***** doors **** ****** *** ***** ** ***** ****. ***** **** stolen *** *** ****."
  • "* ****** * ****** ** *** ********** ****** **** *** intent ** ****** ******* ******* *** ****** ** ***** ** verify *** ******* ******** *** ******. **** ***** **** ****** had ** *** **** *** **** ******** ***** ******* *** hardware ** ***** *** **** ****. **** ****** *** ********** entrance ***** ** *** ********."
  • "*** **** ********** ***** ** *** ***** ******** *** *********** medical ***** ******* **** *** **** ****** * **** **** that *** ***** ****** *** *** ** *** ******** *** workers."

*** ********: **** *********** *** ******** ****** **** ** ********* ***** perimeter ******** *** ********** *** ***, *** **** **** ****** to ****** ******, ****, ** *** ************ ******** **** *** access ******. ***** ******** ** **** ********** *** ************** ***************** ******* **** ****** ** **** *** ********* ****** *****, they *** *** ****** ** ****** ******* ************ *****.

Lousy ******* **********

*******, ******** ** *** ************ ************** ********* ** ********* ******** into **** ****** ******* ********** *** ** *** ******* ***** of *** ******. ***** **** ******** *** *** *****, * small ********** ***** ** **** *******, *** ******* ******* ********** in ***** **** *** ******* ** *** ****** **********:

  • "*** ** ** ******'* **** ***** ** ******* *** ******* badges *** ******* *** ***********. **** ***'* **** ***** ** who *** ***** ***** ****** **."
  • "*'** **** **** ********* **** ************ *******. *******, **** *** EAC *** ** ******** ** *** ******* ** *** ********, but ***'* ******* **** *** ***** **** *** ****** ********. That ***** **** *** ********* ****** ****** ******* **, **** have ****** ** *** **** ** *** ****."
  • "*********** ***** ****** ** ***** **** ** *** *** ******** who *** *** ******* ** *** ** **** ****** ** isn't * **** ******** ****."
  • "*** ** *** ******* ******** ** ********* ** ******** ** visitor **********. ***** ** ****** ******* **** ******** ****** **** visit ***** **** ****, ** ****** ****** ** *** ******** areas."
  • "* ****** ** * ***** ************ ***** ******** **** ******** to ****-** *** **** ******** ***** ******. ***** *** ****** control ** *****, ******* ** *** ***** **** ********* **** open ***** ***. **** *** ******** *** ****** ********, **** had * **** **** **** **** ** **** **** **** probably ****** ****."

*** ********: ** ** ****** ** ********** ********** ******* ************, **** ****** ********* **** ** ***-** ****** ** ************ visitor ****** ******** **** *** ******, *********** *** **** ** a ****** ********** ******* '***** **' ******. ***** ******* ** not ********* ****** *** ******* ************** ********, *** **** ** unaccounted ******** ******* ******** ** ******* **** *** ** ************* mitigated ******* ********** ******* ********** ********.

Comments (1)

*** **** ********** ***** ** *** ***** ******** *** *********** medical ***** ******* **** *** **** ****** * **** **** that *** ***** ****** *** *** ** *** ******** *** workers.

*** ******* *** *** ******** *** **** ****** ***** **** 'hot' ********* **** *********** ***** *******?

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