Physical Access and Identity Management: Why It Matters

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Today’s campuses are tasked with managing the physical identities of not only their workforce and students but a range of third parties including contractors, vendors and visitors. Managing multiple identity types can be frustrating. Typically, identity data is kept in disparate systems, making it necessary to manage identities and their physical access manually, often by different teams (e.g. employees and contractors, security departments, general managers).

In the absence of an automated, integrated approach, these teams often duplicate each other’s processes, leading to operations that are highly inefficient, while increasing the probability of errors and additional risks and liabilities. What’s more, changing regulations and policies hinder an organization’s efforts to remain compliant.

Additionally, risk landscapes are changing faster than ever. As security threats present themselves in new ways—increasing the risk to students, patients, employees and the general public— organizations struggle to predict future risks. In response to this changing landscape, the need for physical access and identity management (PIAM) systems is increasing exponentially.

In addition to automating key processes and simplifying the control of all physical identities across a campus, PIAM helps to:

  • Reduce costs by leveraging existing physical/IT infrastructure and automating manual processes that reduce errors.
  • Minimize risk by vetting and authorizing identities based on role, location and other organizational policies.
  • Ensure compliance with regulatory and security requirements through real-time reporting.
  • Foster customer centricity by automating security business processes; helping customers initiate and track their own requests.

PIAM enables organizations to centrally manage the lifecycle of identities such as permanent and temporary employees, contractors and visitors. Ultimately, it ensures synchronized and compliant on/ off-boarding of identities; decreasing the likelihood of a security risk while lowering operational costs.

Download this free ebook to learn how PIAM can enable your campus to connect disparate systems; automate manual processes; and reduce both costs and risks.

HID Global’s HID® SAFE™ Enterprise is a web-based solution that allows organizations to manage the lifecycle of identities and their authorization for physical access. It is a highly scalable platform that automates key processes and simplifies control of all identities—employees, contractors, vendors and visitors—across an organization to ensure each identity has the right access, to the right areas, for the right length of time.

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