The Three Main Types of Access Control

At Carolina Security Technologies, our main goal is to help you keep your business secure. There are many different ways we can accomplish that, and one of the most important things to consider when it comes to protecting your business is access control.

Access control refers to the security techniques an organization uses to regulate who can access your building or company data. These techniques might include key cards, passwords, or even fingerprint scanners that are used to identify an individual and grant them certain permissions. Today, we’ll go over the three main types of access control and some of their benefits so you will be better informed.

  1. Discretionary Access Control (DAC)- This type of access control is the least restrictive and can be a good choice for businesses that are looking for flexibility. However, it is not as secure as the other types of access control because it allows business owners (as opposed to security experts) to have full control over who is allowed in specific locations.
  2. Managed Access Control (MAC)- This is the most secure and least flexible type of access control. In fact, it’s so secure that the government and military use it. With MAC, a central authority grants access rights to individuals based on different security levels and clearance.
  3. Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)- This type of access control is one of the most popular for businesses. Rather than granting certain permissions for each individual, RBAC grants permissions and restricts access based on a user’s role in the organization and what they need to do their job.