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RFID User Authentication Drives Access Beyond the Door
Companies are leveraging the cards employees are already carrying to control access to the information, systems, materials and devices their staff uses at work.
Jun 23, 2019—
The ID badge has become a nearly universal emblem of corporate life. At companies large and small, new employees are issued a radio frequency identification (RFID) card that provides visual identification and unlocks the door when they arrive at work. RFID cards provide personnel with secure 24-7 access to a workplace, while maintaining a record of exactly who has entered the building and when this occurred. They are cheaper, easier to manage and more secure than physical keys—and if they are lost or an employee is terminated, card access can simply be turned off.
The same cards can be used to enable access to all kinds of business systems beyond the front door. Companies can leverage the cards that employees already carry to control access to the information, systems, materials and devices their employees use at work.
Companies need systems in place to ensure that authorized employees have access to the information, business systems, materials and equipment they need, while keeping unauthorized users out. Effective access control and user authentication helps businesses to protect sensitive information (such as financial records, human-resources data or company IP), as well as control material and supply costs, improve safety and streamline workflows.
User authentication is the ability to correctly identify an individual user and match his or her information to the devices or systems he or she is using. Access control is the ability to ensure that only authorized users can gain access to an asset or system.
Companies may employ a variety of strategies for user authentication and access control, including physical keys (for supply cabinets and kiosks), passwords and personal identification numbers (PINs). However, these methods are often less than ideal, especially when workers must manage multiple keys or remember different passwords and PINs for a variety of systems. Using an employee ID badge to access all the other systems and materials they need during their workday is faster and easier for personnel and simpler for business IT departments to manage.
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