Genetec alerts organizations to risks of legacy access control systems in light of rising cyberattacks
MONTREAL, Nov. 16, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- With the ever-increasing rise in cybercrime, Genetec Inc. (“Genetec”), a leading technology provider of unified security, public safety, operations, and business intelligence solutions, is cautioning organizations of all sizes to be vigilant about the cybersecurity risk posed by legacy access control systems.
“Many organizations are operating with access control systems that date back 10 years or more. While these older systems still allow employees to badge in and out, there’s a very high likelihood that these systems employ technologies that are extremely vulnerable to modern cyber threats,” says Christian Morin, Vice President of Product Engineering and Chief Security Officer at Genetec Inc.
Vulnerabilities in legacy access control systems can introduce cybersecurity weaknesses that may put an entire organization at risk. Cybercriminals can exploit weaknesses in access control system credentials, controllers, servers, readers, or workstations connected to the network. Once a cybercriminal has breached access control system credentials, they can then move on to an organization’s network and can gain control of other building systems, view or steal confidential information from internal records, or launch attacks designed to take key systems offline.
Companies that are affected pay a heavy price; the average cost of a data breach rose from USD 4.24 million in 2021 to USD 4.35 million in 2022. Hence, it’s never been more important for organizations to be educated on the risks associated with legacy systems and the advantages that new cybersecure access solutions can offer.
Cybersecurity best practices for access control systems
To improve the cybersecurity of access control systems, Genetec recommends the following steps:
Access control technology has undergone a huge transformation in recent years. Customers are gradually freeing themselves from proprietary solutions and demanding more flexible, open solutions. Forward-thinking technology manufacturers have now introduced a new breed of more cyber secure solutions that offer benefits beyond locking and unlocking doors.
A unified access control system that uses the latest cybersecurity standards to secure communication, servers, and data such as Genetec Security Center Synergis™ can not only protect an organization’s assets and people but help them improve their business operations and decision making. By choosing an open architecture IP-based access control system, organizations have the flexibility to upgrade to the latest supported technology at any time, move at their own pace, and work within their available budget.
For more information, please download the Genetec white paper: “Cybersecurity risks of legacy access control systems”
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