ASIS 2014: How to Reshape an Access Control Plan

August 25, 2014
By: Shayne Bates, CPP | Director, Security Cloud Strategy at LMC Consulting Group - Microsoft Global Security, LMC Consulting Group

In the July 2014 Security Management, I co-wrote “Access Control’s Future is Now,” an article that details the drastic changes taking place in access control. From the need for interoperability specifications to technology trends to examples of how Microsoft is using “big data,” cloud computing, and device ubiquity to improve security in their global operations—the article lays out the opportunities and challenges ahead.

Whether through a stolen password or a pinched access control card, unauthorized individuals can gain entry into your facility to commit thefts of assets or intellectual property. Worse yet, life safety and communications systems may be compromised.

This begs the question, should you replace or upgrade? Reshaping an access control system can have lower costs and wider benefits—but it must also deliver ROI. Don’t miss How to Reshape an Access Control Plan on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at the ASIS International 60th Annual Seminar and Exhibits in Atlanta, Georgia. This spirited panel discussion will help you reshape your access control strategy with an examination of access control philosophy, mobile credentials, and a look at the convergence engineering that’s occurring between logical, computer-based access and physical security.

Whether you’re a security professional interested in managing risk, a vendor promoting access control solutions, or practitioner interested in Big Data and the Internet of Things (IoT)—this ASIS 2014 education session will discuss thought-provoking case studies, including prototype scenarios involving Citibank and Microsoft Corporation. Learn from Citigroup’s experience using biometrics. Discover how the company utilized this technology to improve multiple services and enhanced their ability to better manage risk, especially with its high value assets.

Your ROI for attending this session includes:

  • Identify both common and additional issues in the philosophy of physical access control.
  • Understand one of the most promising opportunities in physical access control cost containment and reduction: mobile device credentialing.
  • Understand how biometrics are an affordable and secure way to protect campuses and deliver services in addition to being applied to many other purposes.

I hope to see you in Atlanta for ASIS 2014 ( and this intriguing education lab exploring the future of access control plans!