Every day, we read about break-ins and identity frauds. They’ve been increasing by the hour. Hackers know just how to jailbreak the seemingly strongest defense on security systems. Thus, the growing threats have necessitated that businesses reconsider their security systems and come up with a better, more comprehensive strategy; one that offers an added layer of security, safeguards personal privacy, allows for higher efficiency and thereby reduces identity thefts.
It is possible only through controlled access. This means that the government and private organizations should decide which of their employees will or will not have access to selected physical areas and informational resources. Credentialing is the need of the hour and it should be coupled with a reliable implementation platform.
Many of the ID cards and badges used nowadays are embedded with barcodes and magnetic stripes. They are adequate; however, they are not without flaws. It is not always possible or sometimes it is hard to verify the identity of the badge or card holder. The traditional ID badges are no match because they can be easily tampered with and altered. They are also easy to replicate. As such, they fail in their primary function of delivering the best security.
Contactless cards, the latest in the lineup, use UHF radio frequency identification (RFID) technologies. They make up for all the deficiencies in the traditional identification and badging systems. Also called smart ID cards, the personally identifiable information is fed on an embedded chip on a contactless card. They have a high tamper-resistant internal structure. Thus, it is hard to access the information stored on the card increasing privacy protection. The RFID technology, barcodes and magnetic stripes enable logical functions such as validation and authentication.
The privacy protection features are a highlight on smart ID cards. The microprocessor chip that stores the data allows for encryption, decryption and biometric matching. Thus, in using Smart ID cards, an organization can cater to its security needs without violating the privacy of its employees.
PIV-supported smart cards incorporate multiple technology authentication features for a more full-proof security system. It includes fingerprint biometric templates, tamper proof digital photographs and personal identification numbers. Coupled with biometric technology, Smart ID cards guarantee higher efficiency when it comes to verifying the individual’s identity. The security department handing out the smart ID card customizes it with details of the user after which it can be used for cyber network access or physical access or both.
This kind of strong credentialing deters identity thefts and wrongful representations for the sake of fraudulent benefits, entitlement and service payments. Companies are in a better position to ensure that staff and customers can obtain privilege information only if they meet all the security mandates. Digital signatures can also be used. Alternately, government and private organizations can apply FIPS 201 credentialing for safe and reliable collaboration and information exchange between firms including intellectual property, emails and personal information.
In conclusion, it is important to note that secure and trusted transfer of credentials is a major demand on security systems, both for physical and cyber security. Only the authorized individuals must be allowed access to sensitive information and facilities at the right time. Zebra Technologies in a global leader and is reputed for its innovative, efficient and dependable security solutions. It also has a new technology under its belt called the Visible Value Chain.