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Security Technology: Access Control Management Systems

Security System Access Control Management

Controlling access to your home, business or church is one of the best ways to protect them and get peace of mind in the process. Access control is a security method that sets a limit on who may enter a facility, but it also regulates who is allowed to view or use information on computers. It is a basic and critical tenet in security that mitigates risk in a home or organization.

Electronic access control systems for organizations in and around Athens, Georgia, depend on the user’s credentials or an access card to allow entrance and track employees in restricted and proprietary areas. Many of these systems include access control panels to restrict entry to certain rooms and buildings. Alarms and lockdown capabilities are typically used to prevent unauthorized access.

There are three essential types of access control management systems:

  1. Discretionary Access Control (DAC)
  2. Mandatory Access Control (MAC)
  3. Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)


Here are the details of each kind to assist you in deciding which one is the right choice for your home or organization:


Discretionary Access Control (DAC)

Discretionary Access Control is the least restrictive system compared to the others. It allows an individual to have total control over any objects they own, which means a business owner would have the responsibility for deciding who will be allowed in a physical or digital location, as well as access to any programs within those objects.

The biggest downside to DAC is it gives the end user control to set security settings for other users. These permissions given to the end user are received in other programs they use, and this could result in malware being executed without the end user even knowing it.


Mandatory Access Control (MAC)

When the classification and confidentiality of data are essential to an organization, Mandatory Access Control is typically used to ensure it. MAC does not allow owners to determine who has access to the facility. Instead, only the owner and custodian have management of the access controls. MAC usually classifies all end users and provides them with labels that permit them to have access through security with established security guidelines.


Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)

Sometimes referred to as Rule-Based Access Control, RBAC is the most requested access control system. Not only is it popular among households, it is also in demand throughout the business world.

With RBAC systems, the administrator assigns access based on the individual’s role within the household or organization. Most of the privileges are centered around limitations that are defined by their job responsibilities. Instead of assigning one individual to be security manager, that position already has access control permissions assigned to it. RBAC is a simpler system since the administrator merely assigns access to particular job titles rather than having to assign several individuals access.


Let the experts help you pick the access control system that best suits your needs

Contact the experts at BOS Security at 404-793-6965 to get more information on Access Control Management Systems and help you decide which system meets your requirements best. We can also assess your current security, listen to your objectives, and design and implement a comprehensive plan to lessen your risks.


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