Forced Entry / Duress Tutorial

By Brian Rhodes, Published Oct 14, 2021, 10:53am EDT

Access control normally keeps people safe, but recent tragedies have revealed a significant issue: If users are forced to unlock doors for criminals, unsuspecting people inside, believing falsely that they are protected by the access control system, are vulnerable.

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'Duress Access' is a common, although overlooked, access system feature designed to combat the threat.

In this report, we examine the duress options for common types of access readers and address how opening design, closed access areas, and physical layering adds strength to perimeter access control:

  • Biometrics
  • Keypads
  • Card Readers

Criminals ***** ***** ** ****** *****

** *** **** ** forcing ******* ** **** a ****, ** ******** refusal *** ****** ** immediate ***********, ***** ******* of ******* *** ******** can ** *********.

** *******, **** ** assailant ** **** ** enter * ********, *** primary ******** ******** ******* people **** *** **** breached.

****** ***** *** **** an ***** **** *** criminals *** ********** ** several *********. *** **** mass ******** ************ ******* '******* *****', ***** ****** ******** forced ** ******** ******* her ******* ***** *** ******* ****** ******** ** ***** to **** ****** ** one ** *** **** prominent ********.

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**** ******, ****** ******** 10 ******. ***** ********** only ******* ** ***** at *** ********* **** ** ************ *** ******* ****.

*** ******* **** ******** less ******* ****, ********* theft ** **********, ***** armed ******* **** *** unsuspecting ***** ** **** key ** ***** ** present *****, **** ** force ***** *** **** a ******** *************** ****** ******.

Vulnerability **** ** ****-******** ***********

****** ******* **** ***** when *********** *** ********* and ****** ** ** misused. ****** **** *** doors *** ******** *** protected ** *** ******, and ****** ****** ****** to ***** ***** *** be ********* **********.

*** *******, ******** ******** at ******* ***** *** not * ****** ******, and *** *********** ****** up ******** *********** ***** a **** ******** ******.

** **** ** *** improvements, *** ******** ***** a ******** ****** ******* system *** * ********** security **** ********* ** a ******. ****** **** shooting ***** *** **** the ********, *** ****** grabbed ** ******** ** an ****** *** ****** her ** **** *** main ******** ** ********. From *****, **** *** unabated ****** ** *** inside.

** **********, *** ******** of '**** ***** ** done ***********?' ** ***** by ****, ********** ** those ******* ** * similar ****** ****** ** keep ******* *** **** away.

Duress *****: ******** ** ******, ***** ******** *** ********* ******

****** ** ***** ***** are ********* ** **** intrusion *******,**** ** *** *******, *** *** **** commonly ***** ** ****** control.

** ****, ******* ** intrusion ****** ** **** likely ** ** ********* by ****** ********* **** access ** ******** ******, duress *** ********* ******* can ** ********* **** valuable.

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*******, **** ********* *** access ******* ** **** operators, ******** ** ****** events *** ** **** faster ** ***** ********** or ***** ****** **** being ****** *** ** external ******* ******* ******* law ***********.

***** ****** ****** *** typically ********* *** **** special *** *** *********, in ****** **** **** can ** ********* *** special *****, ******** ************, or ********* ********** ******** patterns (*.*., ***** ***** card ******).

Access ****** ****** *******

** *******, *** **** access ********** ***** ** be ********** ** ******** handle *** ***** **** a '******' ****** ** sent **** * ******. In ********, *** ******** and ************* **** ***** a ********** *** ****** notifications ** ****** **** include:

**********

*** **** ********** *******, if ** ******** ** specially ********** '********* ****' fingerprint ** **** (**: the ****-**** ***** ****** than *** *****-**** *****), the **** ****** ******, but ****** *** ****** to ********* ********/*********** ** the ****** ******* **** notification ** **** ** Police **********.

** ******* '******' *********** enrollment ** ***** *********'* ******* ********, *** *** ******* and ******** *** ******* to **** ********* ****** management ********:

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** * ********, *** act ** ***** *** appear ** ********* **** what ** ******** ********, but ****** *** ******, officers *** ** ************ acting ** ******* ********* to **** ****** ** a **** ***** ** emergency *** ****.

Keypads

****** *** ******* *** one ** *** ******** to ********* *** ******. If * **** ****** a ******* ****, **** as ** ********'* *** in ******* *****, ** a ***-***** '********* ****', the ****** ******* *** door, *** ***** ****** and ******** ***** *********.

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*****, ** * ********, the *** *** ****** no ********* **** ******, and ***** ***** ****** can **** **** *** or ***** *** ******** code *** ********* ** enter **********.

Card *******

*************, *** ** *** most ****** ************** ******* also *** *** ******* 'duress' ******** **************. **** systems ***** ***** ******** cards, *** ***** ** 'emergency' **** **** ******* the **** ** * normal ********** ***** *** that ******** ********* ****** if ****.

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*******, **** *******, *********** '******* *'********* ** *******, ***** if * **** ***** their ***** ***** ***** in ***** ********** * 'duress *****' ** ********* and *** ****** ***********.

*******, ****-***** ******* *** prone ** ***** ******** or ***** ***** ** terms ** ******** *** materials, *** ****** *** card ******* ******* ***** to ********* **** *** same ************* ** ***** methods.

Building ****** ******* ****** *****

*******, *********** *** ******* or ***** ***** **** specific ******** ** ******** the ********* ****** ** forced ***** ** ********.

* *** ** ****** time, ** ****** ***** occurs, ** ** **** more **** *** ********** exit *** ******* ** segregate ******. ****** ******* like*********************, *********** *** ******* internal ******** (*.*., ***** rooms, ********, ****** *****) with ********** ******* ****** can **** ****** ** unprotected ***** *** ******** emergency ********** **** ** potential *******.

Avoiding ***** ***** ** ********

********** ** *** ****** or ****** ****, ******** managers *** ********* ****** absolutely ***** ********* *** true ********** ** *** systems **** ******.

****** **** '***** *** victims' *** *** ************ a ******* ***, *** lesson ** *** ** misgauge *** **** ********** value ******* ** ****-**** security *******.

**** * ****** ****** system *** *** ****** to ******** *** ***** for ******* ***** *** with ** ****** *********, the ********* *** **** been **** **** *****.

*** ***** ****** *** security ******** *** **** assessment ******** ** ** evaluate ********** ************ **** current *** ******** *****.

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***** ****** ****** *** extremely ******, *** ****** duress ****** ** *** first ***** ******** **** you **** ************************* *** ******, ***** in ** **********, ** the **** **** ** very ***** *******.

* ******* ** ****** installing *** *********** *** access ******* ******* ** several ** ********, ** the ****'*. *** *** some **** ** ****** alarms *******, *** *** these ***** *** **-**** active ********** *** ********. The **** ****** ****** feature **** *** ****** based, ***** *** ***** enter * ********* ***'* PIN **** ** ******** duress. ***********, ** ***** get ** ***** * handful ** ***** ****** events **** ****.

***** ***** ****** ***** occur *** * ******* of *******, *** ******* because *** "****** ****" was *** ******* ** the ******* *** ****, and ******** ***'* ****** during ***** ***** ******* the *****.

* **** *** ********* method (***** * ********* finger) ** ******** **** PIN *********. **** *** good ******* **'* **** obvious ** ********* **** you're ***** **, **** if **** **** *** protocol. *******, ***** **** the ******** ** ***** something **** ***** ** hard ** ********, **** you're ******** *** **** a *** ** **** head.

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****** *** ******* *** one ** *** ******** to ********* *** ******. If * **** ****** a ******* ****, **** as ** ********'* *** in ******* *****… *****, to * ********, *** PIN *** ****** ** different **** ******, *** users ***** ****** *** even **** *** ** share *** ******** **** for ********* ** ***** themselves.

** ***** **** **** that *** ******* *** for *** ******** ** proceed ***** ** ** not ***** ****** *** entry ** *** ********, but ****** *** ******** should ****** ** ** told *** *** *** then **** ***** ***** it ** ******* *****. Only ** **** ***** would **** *** ** in *** ******** *****.

*******, **’* ******** **** a ***** ****** ******** might ******* * ********** and ******** *** ********* the ***, ******* ** the ********* **** ********** scenario:

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**** *** **** ******** or ********* ******** ** typically *** **** **** in *** ***** *** minutes ** ** ******** or *** *** **** in *** ***** *** seconds. * ***** **** to *** **** ******** on ******** ***** ** the ********* **** *** are **** **** ****** to ****** *** ********** safe ** ****** ** the ***** * ****** to ** ****** **** period.

*** ******* ** * duress ***** ****** ***** readers ** *** ****** to **** ***** *****, persons **** ***** ******* could **** * *** seconds ** ***** ** to *** **** *****. Most *** ******* **** the ******** ** ******* this **** ** **** are *** ******** ********* by ********. **** *** be ********* ******* ** fire ***** ********.

**** *****'* ******* *** obstacles ** ********** *** duress (********** ** ** is * **** **********) however ** *** *** potential ** ****** **** due ** **** ***** of ********* ********.

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****** ****** ****** ** the **** ** **** is ********* "*** **** an ***** *****" ** "PIN *** ********* *** last *****".

** **** (******** ***) can ** ***** (******) or **** (******) ** theory. ** ******** *******, there *** **** ***** alarms ** ****** ***** fingers *** *** *** for *** ****** *** the ******* **** ****** after * *** ***** result ** ** ***** response ** * ******** end-user *** *** **** disarmed *** ****** *** didn't **** **** ****'* accidentally ****. ******* * can't **** ****** *** last **** * ****** duress *** ********* *******.

* **** **.

*** ** *** ******** with *** ** ***** systems ** **** **** designed ** ********* *** have ** ************* ** body ***** ******** *** how ****** ******* ***** the **** ** ****** one ***** ********* **** looking ** *** ********* end ** * *******.

*** *********** ** **** a ****** ****************** **** ***** ***** at ****** ***** **** not **** *** ****** acuity *** *** ******** dexterity ** ***** * pin **** ** ***** used *** **** *********** than *** *** **** use *****.

*** ******* ** **** most ***** ***** ******** to **** ******** ***** normal *** *** ***** correctly ***** **. ***** is * ****** **** tactical ******** *** ****** martial **** ******** **** movement ****** *** **** on ******* *********. ******* when ***'** ******* * new **** ** ***** underpants *** **** ** keep ****** ******.

** ***** **** ****** organisations **** *** * genuine ****** ***** **** type ** ****** ****** might ******* *** ** was *********, * ***** be ********* ** ****** rehearsals ** ****** ***** had ******* *** ********* to ****** **** ** do, **** *** ** do *** *** ** survive.

*** **** ****** ******** where **** ******** ** programmed ** *** *** with *** *********** **** it **** **** ** planned ******* ***** *****, is ********* *****. * also ******* ** ** a *********** ******** **** manufacturers ****** ********* *******.

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*** *********** ** **** a ****** ***** ******* duress **** ***** ***** at ****** ***** **** not **** *** ****** acuity *** *** ******** dexterity ** ***** * pin **** ** ***** used *** **** *********** than *** *** **** use *****.

** **** ****, ***** a *********** ***, **** 53135 ***** ** ****, so *** ***** ** equally ***** ** ******** both *** ***-****** *** the ******** ****** **** ;)

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