Establishing secure keyed access is a high priority in all business markets. Whether managing facility, dormitory and classroom doors at a university campus, multiple doors and keyed locations at a complex and highly secure government facility, or the front and back doors of hundreds of retail stores across the country, efficient key control is an important issue.
To ensure that any facility has the desired level of keyed security, it is necessary to have a properly designed and supported key control program. Fundamentally, a key control program is an organized, formally documented and administered key system that controls the distribution of authorized keys while limiting the unauthorized acquisition of keys. The most effective programs also incorporate proven key control best practices providing complete system control. These best practices, or cornerstones, enable the key control program to provide the most efficient and cost effective means possible for managing and administering all aspects of the key system – regardless of the size or complexity of the keyed environment.
A truly comprehensive key control program incorporating these cornerstones will include:
Traditional mechanical key systems have a number of inherent deficiencies that compromise security and stability. Key systems that include some, but not all, of the proven key control best practices very likely still have vulnerabilities. Only a mechanical key system which combines proven key control cornerstones and effective policies can provide the security and performance of a complete key control program.