Overcoming Old Access Control Card Security Challenges

Without encryption, anyone can read or copy the 125 kHz proximity cards used in older access control systems.

Overcoming Old Access Control Card Security Challenges

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Would you be surprised if I said your organization’s biggest security vulnerability might be hanging around your neck right now?

For decades, access control systems have relied on 125 kHz proximity cards to grant access to secure spaces. These credentials are popular because of their affordability and compatibility across most major hardware solutions.

This compatibility comes with a major drawback. Proximity credentials can be used with all of those devices because their data is broadcast entirely in the clear. Without encryption, anyone can read or copy that credential!

Brivo launched the Brivo Unified Credential to provide the security of smartcards without sacrificing interoperability across card readers and wireless locks. With the Brivo Unified Credential, the same encrypted smartcard can be used with Brivo Smart Readers and leading manufacturers’ wireless locks.

Brivo Mobile Pass provides another path to secure, convenient credentials. New capabilities like employee badge in Apple Wallet from Brivo are key drivers in making digital credentials the preferred option for millennials and Gen Z.

At Brivo, we are committed to providing industry-leading access control solutions. Our products bring cybersecurity and physical security together to protect organizations of all sizes. Brivo.com

Jason Keveney is director of product management for Brivo.

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