BOCA RATON, Fla. â€“ Sept. 25, 2006 â€“ With intellectual property crimes and identity theft growing concerns for companies, security directors are looking beyond the physical security needs of facilities and buildings. Controlling access to electronic records and computer networks are topping the corporate security wish list.
Unauthorized network access remains one of the largest sources of computer crime, costing businesses millions in financial losses. According to the recent Computer Crime and Security Survey, conducted in coordination with the FBI, more than half of the companies polled reported a network break-in during the past year.
With that in mind, ADT Security Services Inc., a unit of Tyco Fire & Security, is offering a new line of logical access control solutions from RFIdeas designed to leverage a company's existing identification badge system. These single badge solutions provide a cost effective way to help protect corporate facilities and customer and employee information.
"We are living in an era when a user name and password are no longer sufficient to secure electronic records. At the same time, security directors are faced with limited budgets" said Lisa Ciappetta, ADT's director of commercial marketing. "We are helping security directors address these new challenges by incorporating physical and logical access control into one smart card."
ADT's new line of access control solutions, which include smart card contactless readers and unattended computer auto-locking systems, run off a company's existing server infrastructure and require no additional software. This eliminates costs associated with license fees, upgrades and incompatibilities. The systems can be used for multiple applications including HIPAA computer privacy requirements, time and attendance, manufacturing auto identification, PC/LAN and server access and employee identification.
"With the vast majority of sensitive company records stored electronically, it makes sense to secure these assets in the same manner as physical assets. Perhaps even more so considering the risk of liability and to a company's reputation should some records seep into the public domain" Ciappetta said. "Smart card systems that incorporate physical and logical access control can act as a cost effective insurance policy."