Convergence of logical and physical security

October 2004 Access Control & Identity Management

Abstract

This paper addresses the benefits and value of the convergence of logical and physical security systems by using a common token such as a smartcard. Issues from architecture to pricing to user case scenarios are addressed in this paper.

Length: 22 pages

Executive summary

Today's security initiatives involve guarding buildings and equipment as well as protecting networks, dealing with privacy issues, and managing risk. Given the interrelated aspects of these initiatives, the question is, 'Does the consolidation of security make sense?'

Until now, in most organisations, physical access systems and logical access systems have operated as two independent structures, and have been run by completely separate departments. Logical access, which grants admission to the IT infrastructure such as the intranet/Internet, mail servers, Web servers, and database applications was run by the IT department. The facilities department controlled physical access systems, which includes the employee badging process, door access to the buildings, and life support systems, eg, HVAC, fire and CCTV.

This paper will demonstrate that the convergence of logical and physical security brings significant benefits, specifically identifying areas where the two can interconnect to the greatest positive effect, and also recommends practical steps to take in this direction.

Yahya Mehdizadeh

GIAC GSEC Certification

Mehdizadeh1@slb.com





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