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What Are Shielded Badge Holders and How Do They Work?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Sep 11, 2017 10:00:00 AM

If you've been browsing our site looking for a new ID card holder, chances are you've encountered the term "shielded badge holder" at some point. And unless you're as familiar with ID products as we are, you probably had a very basic (but valid) question:

"What the heck is a shielded badge holder?"

A shielded badge holder sounds like it could be one of several things:

  • Did it get that name by being the favorite ID badge holder of medieval knights?
  • Is it just another name for a non-flexible badge holder?
  • Maybe it's a soft badge holder coated in an outer shell, like a turtle...

In reality, shielded badge holders are none of the above. Instead, shielded badge holders serve as a pretty basic solution to a very modern problem.

What is a shielded badge holder?

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Topics: card accessories, modern security, data security, shielded badge holders, government ID cards, security tips, badge holders

4 Questions to Ask When Choosing Access Control Software

Posted by Dan Ryan on Mar 31, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Choosing the right access control software is an important decision. After all, this software is going to be trusted to keep your facility safe from trespassing, burglary and other unwanted actions.

Simply put, "I'll take whatever" isn't going to cut it when it comes to choosing the right solution.

Purchasing an access control solution is an involved process filled with lots of research, which can lead to customers feeling a little overwhelmed by the scope of what they're encountering.

"Surveillance? Controller boards? Wireless locks? I don't know, I just want something to keep the bad people out!"

It's enough to make even the most vigilant building manager or security official want to give up on the whole endeavor. 

The key to buying the right access control software is to ask yourself a series of questions designed to filter out the options that don't meet your needs.

By focusing on what you want in a system and eliminating the features that don't matter to you, you're able to zero in on the right solution, without all the stress.

Cameras, doors, reporting and more

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Topics: access control, modern security, building security, access control software

3 Reasons You Need Server Rack Security

Posted by Dan Ryan on Nov 3, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Cyber security is of the utmost concern for organizations of all kinds.

From the Presidential debates to the front page of the local newspaper, you're seeing it everywhere: a data breach here, an email leak there, thousands of credit card numbers stolen, hundreds of identities compromised.

With the Internet playing such a huge role in global commerce, it's no wonder there's such an intense focus on keeping the data that powers that commerce engine safe from prying eyes and nefarious characters.

Organizations of all kinds spend millions of dollars securing networks, locking down accounts, fending off hackers and more, all in the name of keeping valuable data safe.

If your organization does any kind of business online, from e-commerce sales to email communication, chances are you're taking some steps to protect that data. 

However, there's an unsettling truth to all of these security measures: many organizations completely forget about securing the physical locations where this data is stored and processed.

We're talking, of course, about servers, the backbones of the Internet and keys to any web page visit, Facebook post, online transaction or Tweet.

Server rack security protects your customers, company and reputation

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Topics: access control, Rack Armor, server security, modern security, data security

5 Ways an Access Control System Will Increase Safety at Your Site

Posted by Dan Ryan on Aug 10, 2016 1:25:00 PM

Physical access control systems can be configured in several different ways and can have a number of different components.

However, the main goal is always the same: to increase safety and security at a site.

Most people are familiar with the basic idea of access control, but oftentimes an access control system is viewed as just another way to lock doors.

After all, that's what they're supposed to do, right?Just let some people in, and keep other people out?

Well...not exactly.

While it's true that card readers and compatible locks are key parts of a good access control system, the truth is that an access control system is so much more than a series of locks and card readers.

Aside from managing access to doors, an access control system is able to enhance security at your site in a number of ways.

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Topics: access control, modern security, PremiSys, security tips, card access, building access control

3 Ways the PremiSys™ Dashboard Makes It Easier to Monitor an Access Control System

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jun 3, 2016 3:55:00 PM

Monitoring an access control system can be difficult. Between managing door alerts, controlling user access, maintaining your hardware and responding to alarms, monitoring a busy system can sometimes feel like sitting in Mission Control at NASA.

Yes, the point of an access control system is to make a building more secure, but you don't want that security to drive your facilities director nuts.

Access control systems can be complicated (as they should be, by nature, if the point is to increase security). However, you don't want a system that's so complex and so unwieldy that it becomes more of a burden than a benefit.

If only there was a tool out there that allowed a user to monitor all aspects of a security system from a single screen...

Oh, wait. There is!

It's called the PremiSys Security Management Dashboard (referred to hereafter simply as Dashboard). 

Dashboard is an add-on software management tool for the PremiSys Access Control System. It's an award-winning piece of software, as it was named the Best New Product in Access Control Hardware & Software at the 2015 SIA New Product Showcase.

So yeah, it's pretty cool.

The point of Dashboard is to give users maximum control over all aspects of their access control system, essentially serving as a one-stop shop for every part of a system. To make things even better, Dashboard is optimized for use on the iPad®, meaning you can use it to monitor your facilities on the go.

Dashboard gives PremiSys users the ability to monitor their system in a more concise manner, making it easier to increase security and preventing your facilities director from ripping out even more of his hair.

How can the PremiSys Dashboard make your security director's life easier?

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Topics: access control, Rack Armor, modern security, PremiSys, security tips, card access

Bring a Friend: The "Two-Man Rule" & What It Means for Data Center Security

Posted by Dan Ryan on Apr 28, 2016 8:30:00 AM

It's something everyone heard at some point as a child: "Use the Buddy System!"

Along with making parents feel better and keeping kids safer, the idea of the Buddy System also added a layer of accountability to any action: whatever was going on, there would be two people there to witness it.

In the field of information and data center security, there's a similar idea: the two-man rule.

The two-man rule adds accountability to any data center operation, adds security by preventing rogue individuals from doing any harm and lessens the dangers that can come from a lost access card or key.

In short, the same principle that guided the Buddy System that helped keep you safe as a child can help keep your data safe today. 

What is the two-man rule in data center security?

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Topics: access control, Rack Armor, server security, modern security, data security, two-man rule, security tips

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