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Access control in federal buildings

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Access control that helps reinforce federal building security From administrative offices to military bases, security needs across federal buildings are evolving. Not only must government agencies be able to authenticate the identity of every individual before they can access a building's perimeter and doors, but they have to stay on top of cyber vulnerabilities too. New compliance standards are also providing guidelines on how these tasks must be handled. Some security and IT Directors are in a tough spot—as older disparate physical access control systems (PACS) were not designed to tackle today's challenges or to meet these new requirements. This is where Security Center Synergis™ can help. With our open, IP-based access control solution, you can modernize your building's access control system while still keeping some existing hardware. You can choose from a variety of different access control technologies and integrate Synergis with your other security systems. Your operators can then manage all security tasks from one intuitive interface. And as standards keep evolving, you will be able to gradually make changes to keep your system compliant. Industry note Security Center Synergis for government facilities The benefits of Synergis Boost operator efficiency Through our Security Center platform, you can unify your access control with video surveillance, perimeter detection, and other systems. As soon as someone nears your building, your team will be alerted. They can then immediately see what's happening to quickly determine if it's a false alarm or an incident that requires further action. Unification keeps your team one step ahead of threats, always. Keep up with industry standards To enhance building security, agencies must adhere to standards such as Federal Identity, Credential, and Access Management (FICAM) and The Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA). With a certified architecture and compatibility with third-party identity verification technologies, Synergis helps you meet those industry standards to protect government information, operations, and assets against threats. Manage people, not doors With Synergis, you can tailor your system and assign cardholder permissions based on roles. You can add biometric devices to doors and set rules that require multiple levels of authentication before granting access. You can also implement a 'Two-Person Rule' which only allows access to certain equipment or areas when two authorized cardholders present their credentials. 1 2 3 Avoid proprietary lock-in Synergis is an open access control solution. That means you can minimize your initial upgrade costs by keeping some legacy hardware. As technology advances and government mandates change, you can evolve your door security one device or building at a time. This can include upgrading to biometric readers in certain facilities or implementing the latest card technologies to strengthen security. Collaborate with other agencies To speed up response to emergencies, your agency can share system access with military police or other departments. Should a situation escalate into an emergency, all authorized users can access the same information and work together to diffuse the situation. In the event of a building lockdown, you can further stipulate that only military cardholders can access the building. This ensures that qualified officers can effectively respond according to protocols. Defend against cyber threats Cybersecurity threats are evolving at a rapid pace. With Synergis, you can take advantage of built-in security mechanisms such as advanced encryption and authentication technologies and choose highly-secure smart cards. These technologies help you protect communication from the credential to software and ensure your data doesn't end up in the wrong hands. 4 5 6

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