Guest Column | January 21, 2016

3 Access Control Trends That Drive The Convergence Of Physical And Logical Functions

By Scott Sieracki, CEO, Viscount Systems

Access Control Trends

Advancements in technology drive advanced capabilities in the government market.

Without a doubt, data breaches dominated conversations and headlines over the past year. With the growing proliferation of networked devices and the rapid emergence of the Internet of Things, network security is more critical than ever. Looking at the big picture, it is more important than ever to view the overall security threat in more holistic terms. Evolving risks such as terrorism, corporate espionage, and cyber threats demonstrate the importance of implementing strong security protocols across an organization’s physical and network infrastructure.

Perhaps no other customer understands this threat paradigm more than the U.S. Federal Government. Beginning with the issuance of Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12 (HSPD-12) in 2004, the government has sought to create a standardized access control and identity management approach for physical and logical security across its agencies for the better part of a decade. As often the case with projects of this scope and complexity, initial deployments resulted in a myriad of policies and disjointed strategies. However, advancements in technology have transformed a seemingly impossible vision into an achievable goal, which a variety of industries can take stock in how this model benchmarks against their security strategies.

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