As enterprises have grown in size, complexity and scope, their physical security needs have risen exponentially. Executives are facing mounting costs and a dizzying array of technological solutions, all in the context of ensuring a safer and more secure environment. Many times in such situations the best path forward lies not in additional complexity, but rather in simplification.
Key control systems can readily answer the twin demands of risk management and increased accountability by securing keys in a tamper-proof cabinet, releasing them only to authorized users and providing pertinent usage information to management. For example, automated key control systems can help reduce costs associated with lost keys or unmanaged access, since management will always know who removed or returned any key and when. A user who can be held individually accountable for actions is less likely to disregard procedures or take other actions that might compromise operations.
Security breaches, which have the potential for creating several kinds of losses, can also be minimized with the use of key control systems when they are integrated with a building’s access control system or video surveillance system. With computerized key storage systems, individual keys need not be labeled as to their purpose. If a key is lost, not only does the system flag the missing key, but it also eliminates any immediate identity issues.
The same benefits are seen with key control systems configured with lockers. Smaller items such as notebook computers, cell phones or even weapons can be safely stored in a security locker and accessed only by authorized personnel. These asset management systems can be configured with biometric identification protocols or additional security features to help maintain the integrity of the system.
Today’s updated approach to key management security is one of the most simple yet effective measures that can be implemented in any organization when the goal is to provide a safer and more secure environment.