Why Your Business Needs Access Control
Your business needs protection and access control can help. Limiting access can be a priceless tool to help make it easier for you to operate your business securely and effectively. Unmonitored entry to your business, even from employees, can lead to risks that may include damage to property, theft, hacking and more.
On average, an employee steals about $2,500 in cash or goods from their employer before being caught. Compare that to customer theft, which totals about $175. 
Business owners are often dismayed to learn that employees enter the building on nights and weekends without their knowledge. With access control, you can track employees in your business at all times. Access control systems can include:
• Key cards
• Pin codes
Electronic access control allows you to set up restricted areas through key cards and pin codes. Add video surveillance and you can keep an eye on what employees do when they enter and exit your business, as well as when they access restricted areas or data. Data access based on authentication and authorization can keep your company and finances safe. Authentication verifies the employee’s identity. Authorization determines if the employee is allowed to access restricted data or make a transaction. It’s an extra layer of protection to provide you with peace of mind.
Alarms and alerts ensure you are always aware of any events or breaches… from an unauthorized opening of a warehouse door to an attempt to make a financial transaction.
Warning signs of theft in the workplace
Certain behaviours may be present when theft or hacking occurs in a workplace, such as:
• Frequent overtime, especially overnight or at late hours
• Any sign of substance abuse should be taken as a red flag for potential theft
• Reluctance or refusal to adhere to procedures relating to supply and/or finance
Running background checks before you hire, reviewing references thoroughly and monitoring your employees’ access to your company and data are the best ways to avoid becoming a victim to employee theft. Visible video surveillance is also a deterrent.
Remotely access your control
Small to medium size businesses can benefit from remote access control. As a smaller business owner, you have many roles to play and you can’t be everywhere at once. With access control, you can monitor and protect your assets from your smartphone, tablet or computer.
Defining access rules
Are certain people allowed access to all of your entries and areas? Do specific doors need to be unlocked during opening hours and accessible to authorized visitors? Are there restricted areas in your business such as warehouse, supply and stock rooms and cash office? TELUS Secure Business access control can be used to restrict both employee and vendors and allows business owners to remotely edit their permissions. Defining your access rules allows you to better determine how to employ the access control your company requires at any time.
Nowadays, an access control system is necessary for all companies of all sizes. Having a quality intrusion detection system with access control from TELUS Secure Business can help protect your business. For more information on our customized, scalable systems, call 855.958.8181 today and speak to one of our access control experts.
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