With greater access control comes an increased risk in security breaches such as underground hacking of fingerprints, files and confidential information from policy discussion meetings. This poses a pertinent need for federal organizations to explore solutions to address these serious threats.

The U.S. Federal Reserve has reported the detection of more than 50 cyber breaches between 2011 and 2015, with many cases being the direct result of hacker infiltration. Thus, cyber security is now critical in protecting data and financial information, and maintaining stability in federal proceedings and regulating access control methods.

Unified identity management solutions offer a unique access control infrastructure that approaches security with tougher physical and logical solutions than traditional options that are more vulnerable to cyber-attacks.

Transitioning from hardware-based systems to software-based systems eliminates limitations on the number of users, cards, events, alarm inputs, outputs or client workstations that make up an organization. Additional incentives are lower maintenance cost, simple installation and energy efficiency. As a result, there is a significant increase in security management cohesion and cyber threat elimination. Since the necessity for actual hardware is reduced there is a financial advantage for end users and a higher return on investment.

One feature that sets the Viscount Freedom system apart is that it is free of control panels. This is an essential component when approaching scalable systems of the future. This model is IT centric, cost effective, and government tested and approved. FICAM (Federal Identity Credential and Access Management) is a U.S. government initiative to enable system security and prevent unauthorized network access. The flexibility of Freedom Access Control eliminates the need for traditional access control panels, as card readers can now be replaced with devices hosting data encryption capabilities.

Viscount has also introduced integration capabilities with hardware systems, and the opportunity to utilize the cloud environment and virtual machines. These 100% Web-based systems enable users to run on any server environment while protecting critical data and assets. This protection is paramount for effective communication, situational awareness and security control.

Unified access control is a major step in fighting hacker penetration and cyber threats. Protection of information and data leads to protection of organizations, assets and personnel. This is key as the informational landscape continues to evolve in the access control market. These security solutions offer protection from real-world threats to infrastructure and the economy, and result in a proactive approach to ensure safety in a forward-thinking, adaptable and financially advantageous way.