Key Considerations When Developing an Enterprise Security Architecture
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Key Considerations When Developing an Enterprise Security Architecture

CIOReview | Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Businesses require scalable physical security solutions to accommodate prospective growth while maintaining organizational flexibility. Choosing a mobile access control provider is one approach to assure optimum scalability without sacrificing security.

FREMONT, CA: When compared to a single-site organization, enterprise security planning involves new issues. Businesses with several locations worldwide have more concerns about exchanging data, managing physical security at all sites, and protecting precious assets without paying outrageous rates.

To begin, what exactly is enterprise security? Like most commercial security, enterprise security solutions are put in place to guard, identify, and prevent threats to buildings, assets, and people. For multi-location businesses, this involves regulating who has access to the building, knowing what's going on and when, and being able to respond swiftly and effectively to any potential problems. To enhance security, convenience, and interoperability throughout the whole organization, use these important pillars when developing an enterprise security architecture.

Assess Risk for Each Location

The security plan for one location may be significantly different from that of another. Use a security audit checklist to analyze risk levels at each site separately and discover any security flaws that need to be addressed. Building location, number of active users at that place, crime rates in the neighborhood, and concerns for extreme weather are all important elements in determining potential risk. An office in a high-rise building in a densely populated urban region, for example, will have radically different security issues than an office in a suburban office park.

Select Enterprise-Level Technology

Although this may seem self-evident, many security platforms are not suitable for multi-site organizations. Always seek companies that offer solutions targeted to the specific needs of businesses, with features that can scale with the company, increase efficiency, and provide more visibility without adding to the security team's workforce. While all-in-one solutions are appealing, they frequently lack the flexibility to interact with external systems and do not always provide the advanced security capabilities required for large-scale business implementation.

Access Control for Physical Security

Businesses require scalable physical security solutions to accommodate prospective growth while maintaining organizational flexibility. Choosing a mobile access control provider is one approach to assure optimum scalability without sacrificing security. Mobile credentials are easier to handle than key cards, especially for firms with several locations and thousands of users. Furthermore, smartphone credentials are more secure than key cards, which can be copied and cloned simply. Enterprises can scale easily with a cloud-based access control solution, adding new entries or locations and issuing credentials in just a few clicks. If one of the locations already has an access control system in place, make sure any new systems are backward compatible with the old one to avoid losing money over time.