Expanding your company nationally, or even internationally, comes with its headaches. Choosing a physical security management system that helps you run your company more efficiently as you grow is a crucial decision. We recently hosted a webinar with Security Management Magazine discussing how cloud-based access control systems can help companies run their security programs more efficiently as they grow, while allowing them to support their business mission and reduce costs.
Here are four key takeaways on how cloud-based physical security solutions can ease your business expansion. To read the extended report check out our Best Practices for Multi-Site Security Management guide.
1. Enable your workforce
With some thoughtful integrations, cloud-based security can enable employees to move easily between locations. For one company, when traveling to remote locations, often times it took consultants hours to get in their building, get themselves credentialed, and set up a work space. A simple integration between Brivo’s cloud-based access control solution and a hoteling system allowed consultants to pre-register to use a particular facility, get in the door with their credentials, find their work station and needed resources, and get to work quickly. Moving to Brivo’s cloud-based security system cut down getting a workspace setup from two hours to just a few minutes.
2. Improve security while reducing cost
By using cloud technology and relying on experts to handle the back-end infrastructure, companies can improve their security programs and focus on other parts of their business, while saving costs. In the Best Practices for Multi-Site Security Management guide you can read the detailed story of Bill Lines, Plain’s Bank’s Chief Information Security Officer, and how he was able to reduce costs while improving his bank’s security.
3. Scale quickly and effectively
When implementing a multi-site security program, companies should consider how the processes and systems they select for an individual site will work at multiple sites. There are simple solutions that work well and are cost effective, but don’t really scale. Plains Capital Bank “wanted to make sure whatever decision we made locally would also translate to an enterprise level. We wanted to focus on security services and not system functionality, so things like break fix, annual maintenance, automated services call out, not having to worry about software, hardware, client configuration, was important to our program as we scaled from local to beyond.” Brivo, for example, operates on common broadband connections, so whether companies have simple internet or cellular services, they can get these systems up and running quickly.
4. Save time and money
Having a browser or mobile-only solution will save you a lot of time and money. You’re not going to need PC upgrades that you might discover as you go through your sites and realize that you don’t have the hardware to run your software on. With a browser-based system like Brivo, those problems can be handled simply.
Also, programs that expand to multiple sites should enable companies to cut down on duplicate work, like entering employee names and credentials. One employee record can be shared with multiple sites. That can be made even more simple by leveraging an integration with your existing infrastructure, something like directory agent that would allow you to add, delete, or suspend employees automatically, rather than manually changing or adding employees.
Especially in today’s world, flourishing companies should use cloud-based technology and make sure their solutions are cyber savvy. Any system should be updated quickly, because new threats emerge, and if companies are unable to deploy a patch they will simply risk being vulnerable. If you’re looking to make your job easier and safer, cloud-based security programs are the way to go.