Access Exposure Definition

What is an access exposure definition?  It is an analysis of your overall physical security.  Access control, surveillance and security gates are commonly installed methods of protection, but some things are often overlooked.   We take a look at some of the lesser know or commonly forgotten elements of physical security.  These are very important in safeguarding personnel, physical assets, information and a whole lot more.

Employee training is easy to forget, and hard to do properly.  Train employees to be vigilant; they need to recognize potential security threats and follow safety protocols in a timely manner.  The tricky part of training is retaining.  Creating a policy or procedure to follow isn’t the only challenge, as it is also challenging to make it memorable and easy to reference if key elements are forgotten.  It is less about creating a rule, and more about creating a culture.  A culture of safety, a culture of security, a culture of vigilance, these are all important.

Train staff in visitor management protocols so they who is allowed in and where they are at all times.  Sign-in processes, badging, escorting, all crucial.  In the case of a crisis, you hopefully have a crisis response plan in place.

exposure definition

Access Exposure Definition

Emergency exits should be known and tested.  They should be secure when not in use as escape paths.  Alarms, exit devices and monitoring are all helpful in intrusion prevention.  They block unwanted access while still allowing emergency egress.  Lighting needs to be strong in areas of risk to keep everyone safe.  Make sure lighting is good near entrances, exits, parking areas, hallways and other vulnerable areas.

Maintenance is vital.  Your security gates and access equipment don’t do you any good if you don’t keep them operational.  Check out our gate maintenance page for more information on that.  Your perimeter security is your first line of defense from any outside threat.  Optimize it!  Delivery areas are part of this perimeter defense, so don’t overlook those.

But what about internal threats.  Background checks and clearances are important to qualify personnel and determine what they should have access to.  Access control for badging, key card issuance, etc. is an important part of the process.  Lastly, we can’t forget about disposal.  Retired access cards and other sensitive information needs to be disposed of properly.  An unattended RFID card or other credential is basically the same as leaving doors unlocked.  Once staff is issued a card or badge, it is their responsibility and we go back to the top of the list and start with training once again.  Hopefully seeing everything from this perspective makes planning your access solution a little easier.