How to Create and Implement an Access Control Policy

Nowadays, corporate espionage and financial hacking have become easier than ever. If a hacker or other individual with nefarious intentions gains access to your company’s buildings, then all he or she has to do to breach your data is place a USB drive in one of the many computer workstations in your area. Just like that, much of your proprietary data could disappear and be held for ransom.

To prevent such an unfortunate situation from occurring, you ought to use an access control policy. This company policy will set strict safeguards in place to keep people who don’t need to be in your building far away from it.

Knowing how to create an implement access control policy and procedures, however, isn’t the simplest task in the world. Fortunately for you, we’re here to help. In this article, you’ll learn all about how to build this security measure.

Created a Tiered Access Infrastructure

The first step to developing access controls is to create an infrastructure that constrains access rights for specific groups of employees. There are several steps in this process.

The first step is to create a standard access profile. This access profile should give lower-level employees access to all parts of the building that they will typically require to go about their daily tasks.

As a general rule, you’ll want to section off access to your IT infrastructure and HR records from this standard access profile. Not only will this help to keep that extremely sensitive data secure from internal threats, but it also a requirement for many security audits. Not doing so could result in significant delays in receiving any compliance approvals.

Once you have that standard profile in place, you can add specific permissions for executives. 

Protect Your Buildings With the Right Technology

Now that you know who should have access to what, the next step is to use the right technology to enforce the access.

There are many different technology solutions for access control systems on the market. As a general rule, the one you choose should be keycard-enforced so that employees aren’t having to remember a passcode or use any other complicated method to access the buildings.

Educate Your Employees on Security Measures

Last but not least, make sure to educate your employees on basic physical security measures. 

None of these access control policies are worth anything if your employees let people they don’t know tailgate into the building behind them.

An Access Control Policy Could Save Your Business

There you have it. Now that you know how to build an access control policy, there’s no excuse for you not to physically secure your building in this manner. Who knows? Maybe someday, this policy will be what saves your company from the nefarious acts of a would-be hacker.

If you’re looking for more security and business advice, then you’re in the right place. Be sure to take some time to check out the rest of the articles available to read on the website.

About RJ Frometa

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