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Marc Wilczek

How Modern Access Control Software Is Improving Security In The Cloud

How Modern Access Control Software Is Improving Security In The Cloud

There used to be a time when checking new entrants into an office block could only happen via separate CCTV cameras. Taking a broader tack, there were times when access to information on the web was slip-shoddy since organizations could not install the expensive programs necessary to restrict accessibility. Now, the two aspects of security approach, namely the physical workplaces and the documents, have altered for good thanks to new cloud access control software.

For it to be modern, this kind of set up would call for the following features:

1. It is open source, or if not, can integrate two systems from different brands. The latter is a popular option among today’s innovators who are bringing together their workplace systems for greater utility.
2. They are cloud-based, meaning that one need not install them but can pay as they use.
3. They can be document encryption or physical access controls.

Document encryption technology helps developers, especially in the private cloud, to invalidate networks that they feel may compromise their information. There are also internal set ups within organizations that allow only their personnel to download files and share them in real-time. The more technology evolves, the more the private cloud is moving away from mere passwords and proxies: it is now embracing models that help security personnel to oversee exactly who is getting data, together with their IP addresses and other identity details. This makes it possible to restrict information in certain quarters while opening it in safe ones.

Integral software is most popular through workplace access controls, making it possible to bring audiovisual observatories together from even a remote locale. A company may no longer need to invest on expensive surveillance equipment when it can access the same remotely. It will just need display cameras to show what is taking place around its core interests, inside gates, passageways and staff quarters. Other than improving security and doing away with the number of physical personnel to oversee security, one can also benefit from an economical angle. Staff become easier to monitor and because they know that ‘Big Brother’ is watching, they stick to their commitments.

With heightened focus on access controls and relevant software, it is a bet that physical offices will become virtually connected. Besides, security will have won, which would be good news for all concerned parties.

By John Omwamba


John posses over five years experience in professional writing; with special interests in business, technology and general media. Driven by passion and 'glowing' enthusiasm, he has covered topics cutting across diverse industries with key target audiences including corporates, marketing executives, researchers and global business leaders. John currently freelances for CloudTweaks as a frequent writer.