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3 Types Of Access Control Systems

March 9, 2020 | Security & Safety

Access Control Systems are one of the best ways to ensure your business or building are safe and secure. They also help instill a protocol for managing access for employees and keeping data and employees safe. Depending on the needs of your building and organization, you’ll want to choose an access control system that will provide the perfect solution. 

Below are three main types of Access Control Systems to choose from: 

1. Discretionary Access Control (DAC)

DAC systems are typically the least restrictive, both digitally and physically. These access control systems allow the owner to grant access to users based on an Access Control List (ACL). At each access point, only users from the ACL will have access. 

2. Mandatory Access Control (MAC)

These types of access control systems are usually employed in organizations or situations that require a high level of security. MAC systems allow only the owner or manager of the access records to control what level of access each user is granted. In this way, confidential information and secure data are only accessible by the correct individuals. 

End users using MAC access control systems have no control over permissions or access. These systems are oftentimes used in government or high-security level facilities. 

3. Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)

Role-Based Access Control, also known as Rule-Based Access Control, is a relatively common access control system. It allows the system administrators or owners to set parameters for access based on a designated role within an organization. It can even go a step further and access can be assigned based on the day of the week or time of day. 

Choosing Which Access Control System Is Best For Your Organization?

Deciding which Access Control System is right for your organization or facility really comes down to how much security you need and how custom you need your system to be. For high-security and data focused organizations, a Mandatory Access Control system might be the best solution. In contrast, to simply manage building access, a Discretionary Access Control or Role-Based Access Control System might be the better option. 

Contact Vortex Doors and our knowledgeable team can help you navigate deciding which Access Control System is right for you and your business. Request your free estimate here or contact us at 800-698-6783. 

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