The skills race

May 2011 Access Control & Identity Management

The skill required to keep up with sophisticated security.

It has been a long time coming but the market has now awakened to the fact that training and skills development is imperative to efficient security strategies and service delivery in commerce.

Marius Coetzee, COO of Ideco believes that the security industry has evolved to the point that it is no longer possible to implement basic security solutions and expect that all bases are adequately covered in the light of increased sophistication of cyber threats and methodologies to steal identities and by-pass traditional security mechanisms.

Marius Coetzee
Marius Coetzee

He believes the onus is on decision makers to ensure that not only their network administrators and ICT staff are sufficiently skilled, but that employees at all levels understand the dynamics of basic physical and online security within a company. For example, every employee must know company policy that governs aspects such as e-mail, Internet use and social networking, as well as the use of peripheral devices to store data, to access networks and databases off site, to print documents and more.

“The advent of social networking and continued innovation within the mobile and wireless space means that the business is more accessible and more susceptible to risk. The corporate security strategy has to encompass more than physical access control and technology to combat cyber threats, the issue of fraud and identity theft also need to be taken into consideration,” says Coetzee.

Reports from global research houses such as Gartner and PricewaterhouseCoopers indicate a rise in identity fraud within commerce and trade. The research also substantiates the now widely accepted theory that most threats within a business originate internally.

“We have noticed a definite increase in interest and investment in biometric-based technology systems. Part of the reason is due to the advantages that are inherent within this technology, another is because of ease-of-use and practicality. Personnel can be trained and skilled up on application as part of the service delivery,” he adds.

From an identity management point of view there is an emphasis on training and skills development in biometric systems and application, as well as a push to understand emerging trends.

In terms of overall industry focus, Coetzee is confident that as the profile and relevance of identity management is raised, the need for skilled and trained practitioners will grow. This represents a major opportunity for service providers and key driver behind lead generation, innovation and integration of technology, and service delivery.



Credit(s)




Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page



Further reading:

Facial access control for ministry
Issue 1 2020, ZKTeco , Access Control & Identity Management
The Ministry of Culture in Saudi Arabia has adopted ZKTeco’s facial recognition technology and fingerprint biometrics to manage access control into its building.

Read more...
New Door Pilot app from dormakaba
Issue 1 2020, dormakaba South Africa , Access Control & Identity Management
With new dormakaba Door Pilot, automated doors can also now be operated on the basis of remote control technologies. The system, comprising the Door Pilot app for smartphones and a Wi-Fi interface for ...

Read more...
Identity lifestyle
Issue 1 2020, Suprema , Access Control & Identity Management
Once the technology of the future, biometrics has quietly snuck into our daily lives through smartphones and access controls into our places of work.

Read more...
Securing BP’s new head office
Issue 1 2020, ISF SFP , Access Control & Identity Management
ISF SFP was awarded the contract to secure the first development phase for Oxford Parks, the new head office for BP South Africa.

Read more...
Combining aesthetics and access control
Issue 1 2020, Turnstar Systems , Access Control & Identity Management
Prestigious law firm Bowman Gilfillan recently upgraded its physical security with the addition of four Turnstar Speedgate Express access control lanes.

Read more...
Video doorbells from Ring
Issue 1 2020 , Access Control & Identity Management
Ring has a number of video doorbells available in South Africa that run off batteries or power and enable users to answer their doors from anywhere.

Read more...
Centurion to unveil new product
Issue 1 2020, Centurion Systems , Access Control & Identity Management
Centurion Systems will be hosting its third Access Automation Expo this year, with dates confirmed for Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Read more...
Looking ahead with mobile access technologies
Access & Identity Management Handbook 2020, Technews Publishing, HID Global, dormakaba South Africa, Salto Systems Africa, Suprema, Gallagher , Access Control & Identity Management, Integrated Solutions
Given the broad use of smartphones around the world and the numerous technologies packed into these devices, it was only a matter of time before the access control industry developed technology that would ...

Read more...
Mobile access is more secure than card systems
Access & Identity Management Handbook 2020 , Access Control & Identity Management
The ability to use mobile phones as access credentials is one of the biggest trends in a market that historically has been slow in adopting new technology.

Read more...
This is the future. This is what we do.
Access & Identity Management Handbook 2020, ZKTeco , Access Control & Identity Management
ZKTeco has created a unique range of visible light facial recognition products combined with a flexible Android platform.

Read more...