Physical access control systems are part of the standard security measures of most companies. PIAM (Physical Identity and Access Management) solutions represent an optimal extension to this, says HID Global, provider of identity solutions.
A PIAM system automates important processes and simplifies the control of all physical identities. With this, a company can ensure that each identity has the right access to the right areas for the right amount of time.
Today’s IT environments are highly complex and heterogeneous. Companies have to manage a variety of different systems, software solutions and processes. Above all, the regulation of physical access and logical access control poses enormous challenges. Different locations and departments with different requirements have to be taken into account. However, access management must not be limited to your own employees, it must also include visitors, service providers and suppliers. A uniform solution for these tasks is rarely found in companies; isolated, manual processes usually dominate.
However, there are integrated solutions for managing physical and logical access across the enterprise, namely modern PIAM (Physical Identity and Access Management) systems. They offer more than pure access control solutions, which are the basis for the protection of sites, buildings and facilities. In this way, companies ensure that access to protected areas is only authorized – for example using smart cards or mobile apps. Such systems are only used to grant or deny access. They don’t answer questions like “why was someone given permission and what does they need access for?”. Traditionally, companies have had to perform multiple manual processes across different systems to get this information.
This is where PIAM solutions come into play. They can act as an intelligent and centralized layer overlaying multiple systems and locations, supporting access control at the role, policy, or attribute level. The solutions collect all information about an identity, which means that a company gains insight into the “who, what, why, when and where” of every access activity. On the one hand, security can be increased, on the other hand, the use of PIAM also leads to a simplification of processes and a reduction in administration effort and costs.
In concrete terms, companies can use a PIAM solution to provision, manage and validate identities, authorize access, manage badges and credentials and carry out audits. A PIAM solution uses information from a wide variety of applications for this purpose. These include, for example:
- physical access control systems
- Biometrics Solutions
- Active directories
- watch lists
- HR databases.
The benefits of a PIAM solution for businesses are far-reaching. It leads to a
- Reduction of internal and external security threats,
- Overcoming silos between different departments and operational processes,
- better control of all physical identities,
- Reduction of operational costs for security and management,
- Compliance with regulations and safety guidelines and
- Reduction of manual onboarding and offboarding processes.
“Traditional physical security systems and processes can make compliance with internal and external regulations difficult. Modern PIAM solutions that support end-to-end identity management can remedy this,” said Andrew Bull, EMEA sales director, workforce identity management, IAM Solutions, at HID Global . “When choosing a solution, a company should ensure that it offers optimal integration with the existing access control system. This ensures maximum investment protection.”