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The question of trust
November 2017, News

Access control, identity management, visitor management and whatever else it may be called is all about trust. It’s about assigning a level of trust to an identity that will permit that identity to access a physical location or a digital environment.

In a country where criminals, scammers, fraudsters and con artists seem to be in the pound seats, the element of trust is no longer something we can take for granted. As much as one may want to, you can’t simply trust people to “do the right thing”. There are simply too many bad guys and too little in the way of deterrents that may prevent them from taking advantage, sometimes just because they can.

This year’s Access & Identity Management Handbook looks at the issue of trust, how it can be assigned, managed and monitored, both in the physical security world as well as the digital world. While there may be a divide between the companies selling identity solutions for these two worlds, the reality is there is no divide. Information technology is in everything and controls almost everything, and we simply aren’t ready.

Consider the apparent ease with which online scammers are able to con people – even those who do know better. Most of us are simply not geared to live in the digital world where it is getting harder to tell the difference between the good guys and the bad guys.

This is why the question of trust is so important. If you are going to take a risk and allow someone to access your building or data, you need some form of assurance that they are who they claim to be and will act within predefined rules. Most often, trust is assigned when they present some form of identity, but how much trust can be assigned to those issuing and maintaining those identity databases?

Which means that monitoring and managing your trust relationships is also important. It’s a common cliché these days that if you hire someone in a sensitive position, in finance for example, you need to do a background check to ensure that they are not working for a syndicate and are not under debt pressure and so on. Moreover, you need to do the same check regularly to ensure their circumstances don’t change in a way that would make your bank account a tempting target.

Of course, there are always a minority of people that will go off the rails and grab any chance they get, which is another reason for continual monitoring. It’s an endless task which, if successful, will deliver absolutely no return on investment apart from the “what if” – what if the task was not done and a fraudster decided his home needed a fire pool at your expense.

Of course the Access & Identity Management Handbook 2018 contains much more, including articles on new technology as well as old technology still proving its worth. The Hi-Tech Security Solutions team hopes you enjoy the handbook and we always welcome feedback, comments, criticisms and readers letting us know what we missed or what we should be focusing on in future. Send any comments to andrew@technews.co.za

Andrew Seldon

Editor


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Further reading:

  • From the editor’s desk: Converging access control
    November 2018, Technews Publishing, News
    Welcome to the Access & Identity Management Handbook 2019. We’re publishing this in January as opposed to our traditional end-of-year publishing schedule to make sure you have some bed-time reading for ...
  • Trust but continually verify
    November 2018, Technews Publishing, This Week's Editor's Pick, Access Control & Identity Management, Integrated Solutions, IT infrastructure
    Hi-Tech Security Solutions looks at access and identity management and asks some industry players what ‘zero trust’ and ‘least privilege’ access means.
  • Managing who, what and why
    November 2018, Technews Publishing, This Week's Editor's Pick, Cyber Security
    Today’s access control isn’t only concerned with who has access, but also what has access, why they need it and what they are doing with it.
  • Physical/logical convergence
    November 2018, Technews Publishing, This Week's Editor's Pick, Cyber Security, Integrated Solutions, IT infrastructure
    The convergence between physical and logical (or cyber) security will be a game-changer because it will change the way we do everything, from planning to design and all the way to installation and maintenance.
  • The expanding role of IT in access control
    November 2018, Technews Publishing, This Week's Editor's Pick, Access Control & Identity Management, IT infrastructure
    What role is IT playing in the world of physical access control and how far will its role expand in future?
  • Taking augmented identity to the world
    November 2018, Technews Publishing, This Week's Editor's Pick, Access Control & Identity Management, Integrated Solutions
    Hi-Tech Security Solutions spoke to Gary Jones, VP Global Channel and Marketing biometric access and time solutions) at IDEMIA (formerly Morpho) about his career with the company and its new vision of Augmented Identity.
  • A scan of fingerprint biometrics
    November 2018, Technews Publishing, Access Control & Identity Management
    Given the increase in the use of fingerprint technology in public and private organisations, as well as some recent announcements on the reliability or lack or reliability of certain types of sensors and algorithms in the fingerprint biometric market, Hi-Tech Security Solutions spoke to some of the leading fingerprint biometric vendors in the market to find out more about the state of this market.
  • BIMS set to change identity ­management
    November 2018, Technews Publishing, Access Control & Identity Management, Integrated Solutions, IT infrastructure
    Local biometrics integrator, Ideco Biometric Security Solutions, has announced that its Biometric Identity Management System (BIMS) has been launched to market.
  • Your face tells a story
    November 2018, Technews Publishing, Access Control & Identity Management, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Government and Parastatal (Industry)
    Facial recognition has advanced to the point where it can be rolled out over large areas and accuracy is no longer a hit-and-miss affair.
  • The right access decisions
    November 2018, Technews Publishing, This Week's Editor's Pick, Access Control & Identity Management
    Making the right access control decision depends on what you want secured and how secure it should be.
  • IP is no stranger to access control
    November 2018, Technews Publishing, Access Control & Identity Management, Integrated Solutions, IT infrastructure
    Just as the surveillance market made the move to IP-based communications, the access control market is also moving to IP (or some say it already has).
  • Applying the SaaS model to access control
    November 2018, Technews Publishing, Access Control & Identity Management, Integrated Solutions
    The software-as-a-service model has proven transformative to many organisations, and even entire industries. The benefits it can offer are undeniable, but in the security sector which is risk-averse by necessity, we wanted to hear the views of some local experts in access control as a service (ACaaS) to find out what some of the pros and cons are.

 
 
         
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