Key Control For Access Control Tutorial

By Brian Rhodes, Published Feb 18, 2021, 10:29am EST

Many spend thousands on advanced access systems but regularly neglect one of the least expensive, yet most important aspects of all: Key Control.

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Keeping track of keys, who carries them, and which doors they open is vital for security.

In this note, we examine the problem and give recommendations on how to optimize keying systems to guarantee buildings stay secure:

  • Loose Key Control Major Access Problem
  • Electronic Access Not A Cure
  • Bad Control Is Management Issue
  • Three Critical Elements of Key Control
  • How To Implement A Key Control System

Loose ******* ** **** ***** *******

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**** *** ** ******, people ****** *** ******** they ***.

***** ****** ******* **** bank **** ** ******* your ****** ******** ****** is ********** * ****, handing ******* **** *** ring ** ****** **** a **** ** * key ** ***** *** considered * *******.

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**** ******** ***** ** poor *** *******. **** these ********:

* **** *** *** set **** ****** ****** reaction *** ******** ********* of *****, ********** ********** *** ********** ********.

****** ** ********* *** control ****** *** ******** thousands ** ******** ******** to ******* **** **** keys. ******* ******* ***** key ** ****, *** what ***** **** *** has ****** **, ** valuable *********** ** ********* situations.

Electronic ****** ** **** *** **** **********

**** ********** ******** ********** access *** ****-*** *** the ******* ** ************ keys.

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**** **** * **** is '*********' ** **** readers, ** **** ****** still *** * ********** key **** ****** *** can ** ****** ************* of **** ****** *******. No ****** *** ***** protections ** ******** ****** control ******* ******* ** a ********, ***** *** control ** *********** ** good ********.

Bad ******* ** ********** *******

*** **** **********, *** problem ** *** ******* is *** * ********* one; ** ****** ***** effective **********.

** ***** ********** ** organizations, *** ******* ** the ************** ** ******** departments. *******, ** ***** cases, ** ***** ** facilities *********** ***** (******* they *** *** ***** that **** *** ****), or *** ****** ******* ...or *** ******** ...** the ************ ...*** ** on.

** *** *****, *** control ** ********** **** the *********** ***** **** not ***** ********** *** importance. ** *** ******* responsibilities *** ****** ** 'just ******* *** ** wear', **** ****** **** results ** ******. ******* establishing *** ********** *** significance ** *** ******* is *** *****, **** critical ******* ** ********.

Three ******** ******** ** *** *******

** ***** ****, *** control ******* **** ***** elements:

  • *** **************: * *** ** who ******* ***** **** and ***** ***** ***** keys ****/****.
  • *** *******: * ******* ** stamping ** ******* **** (and ******* *****) ** uniquely ******** ****.
  • ******* '*** ***' ******: * ****** ******* that ********* *** **** are ** ** ******* in/checked *** *** **********, usually ********* * ****** agreement ** ****** ********* and ************* ** *** holders.

*** ******* **** *** necessarily **** ********* ******** to ** **********. **** large *** ******* *** managed **** ******* **** than * ****** ***********. However, * ****** ** 'standalone' ****** ******** *****, like**********,**********'* *******,******'* *********, **********'* ********** ***. *** ***** ***** is * ********** **** an ******* *** ******* software:

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********* ***** ******** *****, ranging ** **** **** freeware ** ********* ** dollars. ** **** *****, the ******** ******** ********** features ****** **********: ********* lock ******* ***********, ****** equipment/asset ********** ****, *** maintenance ******** *******. **** confronted **** ******** *** software ** ****** *** software **** ***'* ****, many ***** ****** ****** their *** ************ *** manage *** ****** **** there.

Implementing *** *******

**** ***-***** **** *** scope ** ********* *** control *** **** ********* aspect ** ********. ***********, no ****** *** *** of ******* * ****** has ******, ***** *** 3 ***** ******** ** regain **********:

  1. ********* * **** ********* System
  2. *********/ ************ ****** ****
  3. **** *******

Learn, ** ********* * ****** ******

**** *** ********* *** constructed ******* **** **** of ****** ****. ** some *****, ******** *** taken ***** ** ***** doors ** **** *** be ****** **** ****** keys. *** ************ ** planned ** **** ******* people **** ****** ** areas ******** ** ***** jobs, *** ************ ****** are **** ***. ****** firm ******* ********** ** the ****** ****** ** present **** *** *********, the *********** ** **** system *** ******* *********. Often **** ******* ******* no ********** ** ***** is ***** *** ************** to **** *** ****** in *****.

** * ******, ********** or ********** * ****** 'keying ******' ** *** first ****. **** *** require *********** ********* ** locks *** ******** ** keys, *** ***** ** no ***** *** ** ensure **** ******* ** regained. ********* *** **** hardware *** **** **** to * ********** ***** could ***** *********, *** is *** ******** ***** step ** ******* **** on *****.

Serialize ** ************ ****** ****

***** *** **** ** cut, **** ** ** is ** ***** **** of ***** ****, ****** be ***** * ****** serial ******. **** ******* traceability ** ******** **** to ******** ******* *** helps ******** ** ************* of *** **** ** issued *** *** **** in *******. **** ********** warrant ********* *** ****, serialization ******* **** ***** previously ****** *** ** accounted ***.

"** *** *********":***** **** ****** ** a ****** ******** ** keys, ** ****** *** be ******** ** ********* legal ********** ******* ******* the ***. * *** containing **** ********* *** no ********** ******* *********** beyond ****** ******* ** intent.

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********** *******: ******** ******** ******* ***** 'restricted' *** ********, ***** ***** *** physical ******* ** *** key *** ******* ************. The ******* ** **** feature ** ************ ********* *** ****** cannot ** *** ** fit***** *******. ***** **** to **** ** ************ key **** ** * hardware ** ********** ***** is * **** **** to *** *******, *** specifying * ********** ****** mitigates **** ****. *******, adopting * ********** ****** also ******** ******** ***** to ** ********* ** every ****, *** *** become ** ********* ********.

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Keep *******

*** ***** **** ** most ********* *** ******* success. ******* * *** recording ** ***** *** gets ****** ** * specific ****** ***** ****** that '****** ********' *** maintained *** **********.

**** *** **** *** need ** ** *******, but ****** ****** ****** who **** ***** *** and **** ***** **** key *** ****** ** open. **** *********** ** useful *** ************** *** auditing, *** **** ******** a ***** ************* ** who ** ******* ****** to ******** ********* ** a ********.

[****: **** ***** *** originally ******* ** ****, but ************* ******* ** 2021.]

Comments (9)

*** ** *** ***** do ********** *** **** any **** ** ***? It ***** *** ****, even **** ********** ****** control, ** ** ***** allow / **** **** / *****. ** **** correct? ** ** ** it ** **** ***** it **** ** *** rid ** **** ** all?

****** *** **** ***********, but * ***** ********** keys **** ***** ** a **** ** *********** every ******** *** ** lifetime *** ******** ** kids' *********.

***** *** **** *** many ****** ***** ****** control ** ****** (*.*.: closets, ********, ******* *****, offices, ************, *********/****** *********) but *********/******* ********** ****** is *** ********* ** justify. ********** **** *** a ****** ********/********** ** electronic ****** ** ****.

** ** ****:

*** ** *** ***** do ********** *** **** any **** ** ***? It ***** *** ****, even **** ********** ****** control, ** ** ***** allow / **** **** / *****. ** **** correct?

* ***** *** *** vast ******** ** ********** access ***** ***** ****/*** door ****. **** ******** could ** ***% ******* if **** ****** (*********,******** / **** ******, ** **** ******* like******* ******* ****** **********), *** *** ********* issue ** ****** **** for '*******' ********* ***** keys **** ** ****** for * **** ****.

*** ****** ** ** for ****** ** ****** electronic ****** ******* ******* a *** ****** *** those *****?

*** ****** ** ** for ****** ** ****** electronic ****** ******* ******* a *** ****** *** those *****?

* ***** ** **** cases, *** *** ****** is ******* *********, *** essentially ******* ** ***********.

* **** ****** ******* me, *** **** *** (almost ****) ****** *********** propose ********** **** & locks ***/** *** ******* for ***** ****** ********, although ** ****** ** part ** *********** ***** job.

********** **** '** ******' probably ***** **** ****** differently *** ** ********* and *** ******* ** monetize *** ***** ******.

** **** ** *** large ****-***, ****** ** always ** ********* ***** that * ***** ** for *** **** ******* you ********* *****. *** one ****** **** *** totally **** ******* ** their ****, ***** * site *** *** ****** control ****** ********* *** running, *** **** ***** on *** **** **** rekeyed *** *** ******** changed ** *** *** keys ******'* **** *** the ***** *******. **** part ** **** ******** was ** ****** *** to ******** *** ****** of **** ****** ** the ****, ** *** example *** ******* ******** and ***** ***** *********** like ******** ****'* **** any **** ** *** where **** ****** ** go. **** ***** **** only *** ***** ********, facilities ****** *** ******** needed ******** ****, *** only * *** *** masters.

*** *** **** **** they *** *** ***** was ** **** ** place *** ******* ** the ****** ******* ******. Because *** ***** *** become ****** ******* ********* on *** **** ******* to *** **, **/**** there *** * ******* it ***** ***** *********** disruption. *** *** ** say **** ** ** intractable *******, ******* * don't ***** ** **, it's **** **** ***** planned *** ** ** it ****** ****** ** it ********.

* *** **** *** my ****, *** * use *** ********** *** as ** ***** ***** of **** *** ** I **** * ************ forgot ** *** *** mechanical ****, * ***** the ****** *** * am ******* ** ***** one **** ** ***.

*** ****, ** ***** use **** *** ****** control, * **** ** set ****** ** "****** open ******" ** ******** except ****** **** ***** hours ***** *** ******** crew *** ****. ** dream ** ** ** away **** **** *** custodial *****, *** ***-************** persons, *** ** ***'* have *** ***** ****** yet ** ****** *******. I **** ******* *,*** doors, *** ** **** have *** ***** ** access *******. ****** ******* there.

*** ******** *** ********* entry ***** ******* ****-****** access ******* **** ***** override. **** & **** are *** *******, ******** and *** ** *****. Its * *********** **** of *** ******** *******. This ****** ** * requirement *** ****** *** project ** ****** *** perimeter ** ****** ** a ***** ******* *** after ******* **** ** has **** *********

**** ****** *****.

** *** **** *** data **** ***** *** total **** ** ********* for * *********** "***" system **** *** ** compared ** **** ** an ********** ****** ******* system?

** *** **** *** data **** ***** *** total **** ** ********* for * *********** "***" system **** *** ** compared ** **** ** an ********** ****** ******* system?

** ** ***. *** thinking ** ***** *****, a ********** **** *** can ** ***/********** *** ~$2 ** * *****, while * ****/*** ***** runs **-** ** ****.

[****: *** ******** ** just * ***** ***** of ****** *** ** compare ******* **** *******. There *** **** **** complicated ******* ** ****, from *************/*********** *********** **. door *****, ** ********** installing *** *********, ** doing ******** ***********/******** *******, to *********** *********** '*****' employee ***** (*.*.: **** & **********), ** ********* credentials/keys, *** ** **.)]

*******, * *** **** typically ***** ** * limited ****** ** ***** (if****** ******** ****) *** ******** keys **** ** ** carried, ***** *****/**** ********* can ** **** ** all ****** ***** **** readers, ** *'* *** the ********** ****** ** more *********/**** ********* ** manage **** ** ********** system *** ******* **********.

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