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Cyber security is an issue that any industry faces today, from government to corporate enterprises, to critical infrastructure and more. Recent studies show that since 2013, the average cost of a data breach has risen 23 percent (or from $3.52 million to $3.79 million) in just two short years. Also, 43 percent of companies experienced a data breach in the past year, and the U.S. government has been a victim of two separate cyber attacks in 2015 alone. These high-profile events have signaled to our connected society that with the power of interconnection comes the responsibility of scrutinizing what is share-worthy and guarding what is not.

Think of it like the human body: the exterior is adaptable and capable of intense exposure to all kinds of elements, but sensitive, vital internal organs must be protected for the rest of the unit to continue to serve its larger purpose. The principle of making an effort to stay healthy — one that we prioritize involuntarily, but wholly depend on for survival — is access control in its most basic form. Cyber breaches, like foreign pathogens, are as much physical threats as they are informational ones, and the best cure is prevention.

Viscount Systems promotes the health of corporate networks and physical security with IT-centric access control solutions. Freedom Access Control is designed to easily and securely operate within an organization’s existing IT infrastructure, and easily integrate with identity management and video surveillance to bridge the gap between physical and logical security applications. Without the need for traditional panels, Freedom can be installed anywhere and scale to service any size enterprise because it is not bound by traditional hardware requirements. Freedom is designed to safeguard against cyber or physical attacks and its robust security is proven through its compliance with stringent government regulations.

Our society is in the midst of growing pains caused by rapid growth in the fields of IP, wireless, cloud-based infrastructures and software-based systems. As our society continues to grow, age and learn more about the capabilities in access control, the future of cyber security will lie in how intelligently vulnerabilities can be mitigated, simultaneously opening up and enclosing vital networks that hold the world’s most sensitive information.