Majority of Enterprise Security Experts Believe Tailgating Remains a Significant Security Risk

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Although viewed by many as a gesture of common courtesy to colleagues and visitors, tailgating remains a very significant security risk for the enterprise sector, a recent survey has been able to suggest.

The survey of enterprise security executives has revealed that a solid majority of all the respondents (69 percent) believe that security breaches from tailgating remain at the same level or are on the rise.

Even more, a strong majority of all respondents (77 percent) believe that “guards and barriers” and “unmanned barriers that prevent tailgating” are the most effective way to curtail tailgating. However, only a minority (18 percent) of end user respondents say they were currently using either of those choices.

Most end users are vulnerable to physical infiltration and they know it, according to the survey. How are they mitigating it? The majority (78 percent) are taking a reactionary stance to dealing with tailgating (using an access control system, security officers, video surveillance cameras and video management software) and at the same time, the majority (74 percent) are not tracking tailgating and believe they are vulnerable to a physical breach from tailgating (71 percent).

Overall, says the survey, both end users and security advisors see tailgating as a serious issue and there is a high level of perceived vulnerability. A strong majority believe that what they have is not enough to prevent physical intrusion and they understand that physical barriers are the best approach (with security officers when applicable).

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Our biometric access control system also include provision for an entry made under duress. A normal PIN can be programmed as a feature of a normal access permission, working in tandem with the smartcard, but there can also be a special duress code set up. When this is entered, the cardholder (and any potential threat) notice no difference in the way that the door opens for them, but it triggers a silent alarm and sends an alert to the necessary people.

The other method by which people can use our access control system is through their personal biometrics.

The type of biometric identification that we offer for access control is the fingerprint reader, for employers who, due to security concerns, want to be absolutely certain that the relevant person is accessing the door. The image of the fingertip pattern is converted into a code through a secure algorithm, which is then stored on a database for future comparison and authentication.

These modern methods of access control should be the minimum used by all businesses, yet many premises still rely on lock and key. Contact us on 020 8242 9695 for more information on our products and services, or by using our contact form.

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