Choosing the right integrated security solution

Issue 2 2021 Access Control & Identity Management

It is a fact that banking and financial institutions are the biggest consumers of both physical and electronic security. It is also a fact that most of this consumption is rather uncoordinated and inefficient due to various reasons that cascade from lack of knowledge about the real as well as potential risks that necessitate such a service or technology, to lack of knowledge of what is available to address any security challenges they may face. Security attacks against financial services firms, whether cyber or physical, are more frequent, more sophisticated and more widespread than ever before. And there is no end in sight.

A need for comprehensive and well-constructed security strategies for these institutions is more profound now than it has ever been in the past. This is due to present day security threats that are common knowledge to financial institutions throughout the world. Financial institutions need robust security defence programmes so they can improve risk management and satisfy compliance requirements. There has never been a better time to start reducing threats to the confidentiality, integrity and availability of your business processes and data, which are critical to the successful transformation of your physical and digital business.

It can no longer be business as usual and security can no longer be relegated to the status of a peripheral service. There is a heightened level of awareness to security issues and the reality on the ground is that not a lot has changed. Physical and electronic security solutions are still fragmented, there is little if any coordination between systems and people, basic identity management is ignored, unauthorised movements are still the order of the day and surveillance and perimeter systems are often vulnerable.

Some banking and financial buildings today still do not have any system or person questioning a visitor’s movement within their premises, no elevator access control system in place etc. From the moment you enter the premises, there is no clear indication of what security solutions are being used. The solution to most of these inefficiencies resides in partnerships between security stakeholders within financial institutions and the relevant private sector role players.

The security industry is there for a reason and should be given a chance to participate in finding lasting solutions. Asset and data protection are critical in the financial sector and ZKTeco provides this protection, with the necessary flexibility and scalability to deliver results. The correct mix and match of solutions must be designed and implemented. Most importantly, the relationships that are created at implementation must be maintained post implementation to ensure they deliver what was intended, are maintained and monitored to offer value for money for the client as well as security for valuable assets which include people, buildings and equipment, as well as information.

For everyday working, offices need a comprehensive, convenient, user-friendly and high-security management solution. With an all-in-one security solution and ZKTeco security devices, ZKBioSecurity is the best helper for these cases. ZKBioSecurity lets users customise access levels for everyone, including staff and visitors. It is also able to integrate with third-party systems. With ZKBioSecurity, you can control and manage all your ZKTeco biometric devices easily.

For more information, contact ZKTeco (SA), +27 12 259 1047, sales@zkteco.co.za, www.zkteco.co.za


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