The belief that separate illnesses deserve separate treatments has long governed our methodologies, but more research shows that when an ailment crops up, our bodies use complex networks of internal defenses to heal both internal and external damages as an entire system. Can this also be the way forward to connect physical and logical access control solutions?

The latest cyber risks caused by letting logical and physical access control continue to operate separately are becoming increasingly too large to ignore. Logical access control defenses are still being perfected as hackers find new ways to breach barriers, and IT departments strive to learn new ways to block unauthorized access or fraud every day. However, IT breaches are becoming the next generation of physical access control breaches as sensitive data or video surveillance footage can be extracted by criminals looking to cause physical harm or steal intellectual property.

Physical and logical access control share one common problem: the prevention of one type of infringement does not necessarily preclude the other. The typical issue faced when joining the two is that they have traditionally been installed, diagnosed and treated as separate entities of one application; sometimes even separate systems. How can we unify two platforms that have, up until recently, been constructed as technologically incompatible?

Another problem is that the strength and sophistication of access control solutions are not always up to the standards to counter the physical and logical challenges we face today, or those we will face in the near future. Millions of hospital patient profiles, top-secret government personnel files and sensitive financial data points are at risk of contracting a virus or being leveraged for cyber terrorism.

Moreover, the rise in urbanization and violent incidents has heightened the need for surveillance and physical protection in unlikely places. Governments and enterprises cannot afford to continue to fight against data or physical breaches with only adequate or separate access control mechanisms; they are simply not robust enough.

Freedom Access Control bridges the gap between the physical, logical, and cyber security worlds with a software-centric, standards-based approach to physical access control and identity mangement. Patented encryption bridges and open architecture allow Freedom to manage access control within the overall IT security infrastructure, defining it as a next-generation Physical Access Control System (PACS) that is highly secure, scalable and shares information seamlessly using the same rules, policies, and attributes common in the logical / cyber security realm. Freedom Access Control been rigorously tested and FICAM certified under the U.S. government compliance organizations, meaning it conforms to the highest recognized standards for secure identity management across the enterprise.

Just like the human body, the symptoms of an access control breach may sometimes seem unrelated, but with a strong, sophisticated immune system, whole networks are capable of leveraging solutions on multiple fronts to protect and prevent against simultaneous threats.