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Boosting cloud access control security with analytics and data visualization tools

Boosting cloud access control security with analytics and data visualization tools
Analytics and data visualization tools have emerged as game changers in this field, providing unique opportunities to improve the effectiveness and security of access control systems.
The necessity of robust security and operational efficiency for cloud-based access control solutions cannot be emphasized enough in today's quickly expanding digital landscape. With an increasing number of businesses moving to the cloud, protecting sensitive data and optimizing processes have become top priorities.
Analytics and data visualization tools have emerged as game changers in this field, providing unique opportunities to improve the effectiveness and security of access control systems.
This article will look at how these tools might be used to supplement cloud-based access control solutions, focusing on specific indicators that are very important to monitor. A clear roadmap for employing analytics and data visualization tools is essential to maximize security and operational efficiency in cloud-based access control.

Tracking the right metrics

Having good visualization of what is happening with your Cloud-based system is vital to its ongoing health and metrics. Andrew Scothern, Chief Architect at Gallagher Security, pointed out that tracking the right metrics lets the vendor know about possible problems before customers even notice them or, in some instances, before they even happen.
“Tracking CPU usage, memory load, read/writes, and network operations help to determine when a system needs to scale out to cope with peaks in load,” Scothern said. “Monitoring logs and API calls help detect if something unexpected has happened so the vendor can react and rectify any problems faster.”
As businesses continue to rely on cloud-based technologies, keeping a firm grip on the key performance metrics is critical. Organizations can find possibilities for optimization by carefully checking these data, ensuring that their systems stay nimble and responsive to changing needs. Furthermore, this vigilance contributes to the general security and stability of the cloud infrastructure, laying the groundwork for continued expansion and innovation.

Increasing response time with automation

The capacity to automate reactions to possible security problems is one of the critical advantages of combining analytics and data visualization tools in cloud-based access control systems. These technologies can trigger automated measures such as restricting access, sending notifications to security teams, or temporarily locking down specific system sections by detecting suspicious patterns or access attempts.
Automation enabled by data-driven insights allows faster response times, lowering the risk of unwanted access or security breaches. It also allows security personnel to prioritize work and focus on high-risk occurrences, thus increasing the access control system's overall efficiency and efficacy.

Behavior analytics for better action

John Szczygiel, EVP and COO of Brivo, suggested that the great advantage of a centralized cloud-based access control infrastructure is that it brings nearly unlimited computing capacity and powerful software that would be impractical for most customers to deploy in an on-premise solution.
“Cloud-based access control allows you to securely collect and compare data from disparate locations to understand your security environment faster and with greater clarity,” Szczygiel said. “It lets you know who is on-site and when, so you can detect threats anytime, which is core to a robust security strategy. Using AI, you can learn the behavior of everyone on a property – who is coming and going, who has access to what, and when and as behaviors evolve, so does the tool. You are alerted when something breaks the patterns, allowing you to pay immediate attention.”
Building owners and managers get comprehensive and actionable insights, saving them time-intensive legwork to identify and spot trends and abnormalities in traffic patterns.
“The work is done with real-time data visualizations and identifying emerging trends across properties so spaces can be secured and managed effectively,” Szczygiel added. “This dynamic picture of activity complements static security protocols, permissions, and schedules.”

Actionable insights to boost security

Data analytics in access control could be used to prevent issues like intrusion or tailgating. According to Seongbin Choi, the Head of Suprema R&D Center at Suprema, the company’s security management platforms provide multi-credential authentication including facial recognition, fingerprint recognition, QRcode, barcode, mobile access, and RFID card.
“Suprema’s ‘BioStar 2’ provides a web-based security management platform with a dashboard to view device, user, and door status through real-time monitoring,” Choi said. “Suprema ‘Airfob Space’ also has a web portal and mobile app which integrates multi-sites and manages access control, time and attendance from anywhere in the world. ‘Suprema Cloud Managed Service’ provides a mobile-based security management platform so the customer can manage access control and view real-time status anywhere with the mobile phone.”

Resource allocation and cost management optimization

Another advantage of using analytics and data visualization tools in cloud-based access control solutions is that resource allocation and cost management may be optimized. These technologies can provide valuable insights into how resources such as processing power, storage, and network bandwidth are used, allowing firms to detect inefficiencies and optimize their systems for cost savings and performance gains.
Organizations may make data-driven decisions on distributing resources more effectively and controlling expenses by examining consumption patterns and spotting trends. This can result in more efficient operations, less downtime, and, in the end, a more secure and cost-effective access management solution.

Processes for compliance and auditing are being streamlined

By incorporating analytics and data visualization capabilities into cloud-based access control solutions, compliance, and audit processes can be streamlined. By creating detailed reports and visualizations of system activity, these technologies can assist firms in maintaining and demonstrating conformance to numerous industry norms and standards, including GDPR, HIPAA, and PCI DSS.
Organizations can utilize analytics to proactively detect possible compliance problems and take corrective actions before they become serious concerns. This decreases the risk of penalties for noncompliance and simplifies the audit process by providing a clear and organized picture of access control actions.
Organizations can save time and costs while assuring a more secure and compliant access control environment by centralizing and automating the collection, analysis, and reporting of compliance-related data.


Finally, incorporating analytics and data visualization tools into cloud-based access control solutions has various benefits, including increased security, operational efficiency, and compliance management.
Organizations may establish a more robust and effective access control system by measuring the right data, utilizing behavior analytics, automating response times, optimizing resource allocation and cost management, and streamlining compliance and audit processes.
Adopting these new strategies and best practices will assist firms in protecting sensitive data, effectively managing resources, and navigating the difficulties of compliance in today's quickly expanding digital landscape.
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