Physical access control has a crucial role in enforcing data security


Physical access control has a crucial role in enforcing a high level of security for an organizations’ data…or indeed, the lack thereof, as a recent report by the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) has suggested.

The United States federal government has been repeatedly criticized for its outdated technical infrastructure, especially since many agencies are facing turmoil in technical leadership, which can lead to inefficiencies in modernization, cybersecurity and overall IT strategy. U.S. government currently ranks 16th out of 18 industries for overall cybersecurity.

The report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) suggests that, despite some significant investments, all 24 agencies of the CFO Act showed continued weakness in access control and security management.

It is a well-established fact that the majority of cyber security risks are in fact a result of human error, and the GAO’s information security report highlights that access controls, which include boundary protection, authorization, identity authentication, auditing and monitoring and physical security, were weak in all 24 agencies.

Organizations should be fully accountable for employee actions, and a lack of proper identification protocols or companywide security training can lead to very serious breaches.


Organizations looking to improve their site’s security and prevent crime can do so by installing a comprehensive, high-end CCTV surveillance system, fully integrated with a secure and reliable Access Control solution.

Tensor has an extensive experience in both segments (CCTV and Access Control) and we are able to easily offer such an extensive level of functionality for all of our systems.

As they’re built around the same cutting-edge technology platform, Tensor.NET, both the WinAC.NET and WinTA.NET suitessupport an extensive level of CCTV integration.

Video clips retrieved from CCTV cameras are associated with access control activity are available when CCTV is integrated with Tensor.NET.

The cameras are allocated to location entries created in Tensor.NET, which are then linked to smart card scanners or push buttons in the Hardware Manager. Furthermore, multiple cameras can be allocated to the same location, or multiple locations can be assigned to the same camera and lock sensors are connected directly to the CCTV’s DVR.

As a lock is released, an alarm event triggers the recording of video footage for the event. This footage is then available for playback in Tensor.NET, either by location or as a link in an access control report. Screen displays are provided to report upon access events, including links to play the related video clip.

Additionally, the application allows either live or historic video to be viewed for periods not linked to any specific Access Control event.

If you’d like to find out more about Tensor’s CCTV integration options, as well as the multiple useful features provided by our Time and Attendance and Access Control systems, just contact us or Book a Demo, we’ll be sure to answer all of your queries on the matter.

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