Access Tailgating: Biggest Security Vulnerability

By Brian Rhodes, Published Jul 22, 2021, 08:31am EDT

What is the 'biggest' access control security vulnerability? One security consultant argues that, for most installations, it is tailgating.

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In this report, we share:

  • A security consultant's analysis that tailgating is the biggest access risk
  • Tailgating is easier to exploit than card copying
  • A short explanation of Tailgating and the problems is creates
  • Easy tailgating solutions are not common

IPVM Resources

IPVM has many resources explaining the problem and how to address it in your access systems including:

Specific Products:

Consultant ***** *******

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***** *** **** * physical ******** ********** *** 25+ ***** ******* ** the *******, *** ****, and *** ********* * number ** ******-******* ********, including*** ******* ** **********.

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

***** ******* *** *** credentials ***** ******* *** can ** **** ***** gadgets ******* **** **** $30, ***** **** **** Tailgating ** **** ******:

******* ***** ** ********** are *********** ** ******** types ** ******* **** as ******* **** ************** lines *** ******** ** counterfeiting ***********. *******, ** most **********, ***** *** few ********** ***** ** an ******** ******* ****** using ***** *******.There *** *** ****** **** ** ***** * ********: **********, slipping a latch, or simply looking for a door that has failed to close properly. [Emphasis IPVM]

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***** ** *** *** only *** *** **** Tailgating ** * **** problem.******* **************** ** *********:

********** *** ****** ****--*** remains--the ******* *** ** overcome * **** ****** entry *****.

******* ********** ****:

** ******* *********, *** easiest ** ***** **********. Double ***** ******* * mullion ** ********* **** as ****.

Tailgating *******

'**********' ******* **** * credentialed ****** **** ***** a **** ******** *** or **** *********** ** immediately **** ******* ***** the **** ** ****.

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*** ********* *** ******** occur **** ******* * door **** *** *******. It **** ******* ************, typically **** ******* ** focused ** ********* ****** it ******* ** **** door.

****, *** **** ***** of ***, ** **** someone ******* * ********* act ** ********* ******** behind * ***** ********** to **** *** ******** system. **********'* ****** *** render ** ****** ******** insecure.

Common ******** *** ******* *****

** **** ********, ******* the **** **** *** people ** * ****, kind **********. ********, ********** slamming *** **** **** behind *** ** ********* as ****, *** *** create *** **** ******* neighbors ** **-*******.

*******, **** ****** ** not ******** *** **** are *********** ** ****** control ****** **** ***** own '**** *******'.

Easy ********* *******

********** ** * ******* and ***** ********* ******* to *****, **** ********* generally ******* **** ******** hundreds ** *************** ******* *** *******.

*** ***** ********* ********* are ***** ********* *** people **********, ***** *********** by ******** *****:

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*******, ********** ***** ****** management ** ********, *** tailgating **** *** *** be **********, *** **** minimized, ** * ****.

Other ****** ******* ***************

** ***** *****, **** if ********** ** *** biggest ************* ** **** installations, **** ************* *** face ******* ****. ********** is ****** * **** in ********** **** **** a **** ****** ** expected *******. ** ****** security **********, ***** ******* is ****** *** ** there ** *** *********** of ** ******* ** certain ***** (*.*., * locked ******** ***** *****), other *************** ********* ******* may ** **** ********* risks.

***** ******** **** ********* ********* ***** **** ***** closing *** *******, ***** fundamentally ******** ***** **** being ******. **** ***** range **** ******** ******** 'Kick-Downs' ** ****** ** trash ** ******* ********* or ***** ****:

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*** ************** ** **** props ** ***** ***, but *** **** **** present ** **** *** is ******* ********* **** to **** ****.

******* ***********, ************** ********* ******* ******, ***********, and ********* ** ******* risk. **** ************* ** when * ***** **** hands ***** **** ** a ****** ** ***, essentially *** ******** *** system ** ******* ****** properly.

*******, * ******* ** premium ****** ******* ** 'anti-passback' ********** **** ******** or ******** *********** **** unlocking *** **** ******* twice ****** * *** minutes.

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************, ** ** * failure ** "*******" *********** (holding ** ****** ***** is * '*******' ********) to ****** *** ************ of ***** ******* **** a *** ** *** facility.

********** *** ** ********* technologically, *** **** ** expensive *** ********* ******* which *** ***** ********* against **********, *************, *** cost.There *** ***% ********* anti-tailgating ************, *** *** will *** *** ***** either ** ******* ** inconvenience.

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* ***** *** *** most **** *** * culture/people ******* **** ****** can ******* *** ***** employees *** *******. ********** is **** * ****** problem **** *** * trusted ********** ******* *** door **** ** * tailgating ******* ** ***** their **********. **** * nefarious ********** ********* ** gain ************ ****** * am *** **** *** HR **** **** ** the ********* ****** ** w/o ********* ** *** unauthorized **********.

** **** ******** ************ such ** **** ******* with **** ******* ***********/******* technology ** *** ** getting ******** **** * breach/violation *** ***** *****.

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