Securiteam Locks Down Entire Campus in 1 Second

When the Academy at the Lakes in Tampa, FL asked Securiteam to install a new campus wide access control system, their expectations were pretty simple:  Restrict unauthorized access to campus buildings without significant inconvenience to students and faculty.

Securiteam exceeded those expectations with a state of the art access control system from S2 Security. The new access control secures all campus doors with electro-magnetic locks and access card readers.

However, what exceeded their expectations is the campus-wide lock down system that was deployed as well.  The lock down system locks all doors on campus within seconds.  The system can be engaged with manual push buttons, from the S2 access control management system or from the Threat Level management app for iPhone or Android.

Check out the Threat Level App in action.

Are you interested in upgrading or installing a new state of the art – access control and surveillance system in the Tampa Bay Area? Contact Securiteam today for a no obligation site assessment to get started!

Retail Surveillance System Brands Included in Large Scale Hack

Surveillance equipment brands including: König, Swann Communications, COP-USA, KGUARD Security, Defender  and LOREX Technology are included in a large scale hack.

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Hard-coded password exposes up to 46,000 video surveillance DVRs to hacking

The Following article is reposted from PC-World.com:

Up to 46,000 Internet-accessible digital video recorders (DVRs) that are used to monitor and record video streams from surveillance cameras in homes and businesses can easily be taken over by hackers.

According to security researchers from vulnerability intelligence firm Risk Based Security (RBS), all the devices share the same basic vulnerability: They accept a hard-coded, unchangeable password for the highest-privileged user in their software — the root account.Using hard-coded passwords and hidden support accounts was a common practice a decade ago, when security did not play a large role in product design and development. That mentality has changed in recent years and many vendors, including large networking and security appliance makers, are frequently issuing firmware updates to fix such basic flaws when they are discovered by internal and external security audits.But then there are some vendors who never learn. That appears to be the case for Zhuhai RaySharp Technology, a Chinese manufacturer of video surveillance systems, including cameras and accompanying DVRs.RaySharp DVR devices provide a Web-based interface through which users can view camera feeds, manage recording and system settings and use the pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) controls of connected surveillance cameras. Gaining access to this management interface would provide an attacker with full control over the surveillance system.The DVR’s Web interface is powered by an embedded Web server which runs on a Linux-based OS — the firmware. When analyzing the CGI scripts that handle user authentication for the Web interface, the RBS researchers found that they contained a routine to check if the user-supplied username was “root” and the password 519070.
“If these credentials are supplied, full access is granted to the web interface,” the RBS researchers said a report scheduled to be published Wednesday.RaySharp claims on its website that it ships over 60,000 DVRs globally every month, but what makes things worse is that it’s not only RaySharp branded products that are affected.

The Chinese company also creates digital video recorders and firmware for other companies which then sell those devices around the world under their own brands. The RBS researchers confirmed that at least some of the DVR products from König, Swann Communications, COP-USA, KGUARD Security, Defender and LOREX Technology, a division of FLIR Systems, contain the same hard-coded root password.

And those are only the confirmed ones. A separate CGI script in RaySharp-supplied firmware contains a list of 55 vendor names that supposedly use the firmware, so the number of companies with potentially affected products is much larger.

Using the Shodan search engine for Internet-connected devices, the RBS researchers found between 36,000 and 46,000 DVR devices that they believe are vulnerable to this issue and are directly exposed to Internet attacks. About half of them are located in the United States and most of the others in the U.K., Canada, Mexico and Argentina, the researchers said.

Because RBS did not have the resources to test all available models with all firmware versions from all potentially affected vendors, they’ve decided to make the information public so that users can easily test for themselves whether their DVR device is affected or not.

At the very least, a DVR that accepts root and 519070 as username and password should not be exposed directly to the Internet. If remote access is needed, this should be achieved by connecting into the local network first through a VPN. For good measure, the devices should not be available on internal network segments that allow untrusted computers either, such as public Wi-Fi.

Given previous incidents where people created websites that allowed users to watch video feeds from thousands of insecure cameras on the Internet, the likelihood of unauthorized access to these DVRs is high. In fact, this might have already occurred.

After discovering the hard-coded root password, the RBS researchers searched for it on the Internet and found a few user reports mentioning it as far back as 2010. Those reports claimed that the password worked for any username, but in RBS’ tests it only worked for root.

In a 2010 post on a CCTV forum a user complained about the password existing in a DVR product from QSee, one of the 55 vendors listed in the RaySharp firmware. He didn’t even need to reverse engineer the firmware to find it, as it was listed in the product’s official documentation as a method of regaining access to the device if the user-configured password was lost or forgotten.

This suggests that in older RaySharp firmware the hard-coded string was intended as a sort of recovery key as part of a poorly designed password reset feature. Based on RBS’ latest findings, it appears that the company decided to restrict it to the root account in newer versions, which doesn’t make any difference from a security perspective and is just as bad.

And this is not the only basic security flaw found in RaySharp firmware over the years. In early 2013, a security researcher found an easy way to take control of DVR devices from an estimated 19 manufacturers that used RaySharp firmware by connecting to the devices over TCP port 9000.

RaySharp did not respond to a request for comment about the hard-coded root password discovered by RBS.

The security firm found the issue back in September and, due to the large number of potentially affected vendors and products, it decided to rely on the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) for coordination.

As far as RBS knows, Defender is the only vendor which informed US-CERT that it released a patched version of the firmware at the end of September. The RBS researchers confirmed that this firmware version no longer contains the CGI scripts that check for the hard-coded password.

A couple of other affected vendors, including Swann, hinted that they were working on their own patches, the RBS researchers said in their report, but overall the vendor response to this issue was inadequate.

“Consumers should be aware that when buying especially lower-end devices made in China, there is a significant risk of the devices having serious flaws that won’t ever be addressed,” said Carsten Eiram, chief research officer at RBS via email.

The researcher added that based on his years of experience with finding and reporting vulnerabilities, vendors from China and Taiwan are far behind companies from Europe or the U.S. when it comes to taking security seriously and responding to vulnerability reports.

“It remains a huge concern that researchers keep finding hardcoded credentials and similar basic vulnerabilities in devices like surveillance cameras and DVRs/NVRs,” Eiram said. “We install cameras in our homes and businesses to feel safe and know what goes on. That trust and feeling of safety is violated when it turns out that these products are not really made with security in mind and as a result can be turned against us and compromise our privacy.”

 

When A HD 1080p Surveillance System is not enough…

High definition (HD) video surveillance has become the standard for new installations. However not all HD surveillance installations are created equally.

Many surveillance systems manufacturers now offer HD 1080p surveillance systems that operate over standard coaxial cabling. HD-TVI, HD-SDI OR Analog HD technologies (I will compare these technologies in a future post) now allow most security contractors to offer entry level HD solutions to their clients. However these technologies are limited to 2 megapixel (1080p) resolution now and for the foreseeable future.

Upon first glance, it would seem that HD A 1080p surveillance system would be enough to provide adequate images for most applications. After all the vast majority of home televisions today feature clear detailed images at 1080p. One would think that images of this quality would be sufficient for surveillance applications. Unfortunately, the clarity your favorite TV show isn’t a good barometer of whether HD 1080p CCTV is sufficient for your security application. The fact is that your couch at home is likely only within 15 feet of your television. Also the program your watching was filmed by a professional camera man in control of a zoom lens connected to a $10,000 camera.  Additionally, the camera is usually within 15 feet of the subject.

On the other hand, surveillance cameras often cover broad indoor and outdoor scenes of 50-100 feet or more. In these applications a 2 megapixel HD 1080p surveillance system will not offer sufficient detail. Fortunately, higher megapixel cameras are available for your security deployment.

At Securiteam, we are not restricted by the limitations of analog 1080p cameras. We currently feature 4.1 megapixel, 4K (8 megapixel) and 8K (16 megapixel) cameras that offer up to 8X the detail analog HD cameras. More pixels = greater detail. Greater detail can be the difference between identifying someone or something or not.

Selecting the right cameras to protect your community, business or home is dependent on several factors. A experienced, factory certified surveillance engineer from Securiteam can help you decide which option is best for you. Whether your security deployment consists of HD 1080p surveillance, super HD surveillance, 4k or 8k technology. our objective is to design the best system that fits your budget. Securiteam also offers access control systems, virtual security guard, intrusion alarms or fire alarms.

HD 1080p comparison with 4.1 megapixel

 

 

Tips for Small Business Security: Data and Beyond

120066B-Welcome-OPEN-For-Business-Trade-Benefit-Profit-Revenue-LED-Light-SignSmall businesses are an integral part of our economy, from the people who earn their living at the businesses, to the consumers that purchase its products and services. As a local business in the Tampa Bay area, we are well aware how critical small businesses are to the local economy– even more so than large companies. Local businesses feed more cash into the economy in a number of ways; they add jobs and wages, help make local areas vibrant, link community members and keep a large percentage of the proceeds in the local community. What’s more, many people prefer to do business with people they know and like– which is a definite boost for local businesses! Unfortunately, one critical area that some new business owners overlook is small business security, believing erroneously that the business is not “big enough” to be concerned about physical or data security. We believe it is important to put in place good policies and practices from the start so that they are ingrained as the business grows. We’d like to share some of our best tips for small business security to help you put your plan together.

Your Small Business Security Plan

While this should go without saying, many businesses open their doors without considering any type of security plan– until they have an incident that costs them in terms of reputation, customers, or money– all equally important to the success of any business. Put together a simple but effective small business security plan to ensure that you, your employees, your customers and your assets are fully protected. Also be sure that the plan you put in place is easily scalable as your company grows.

Access Control-– Deciding who should have the ability to access each area of the business is vital.  Apart from access to your overall facility, there may be some areas that you’d prefer to keep most people out of, like a back office or inventory area. Additionally, access to company computers and programs should be limited to only those people that need them to effectively do their job. Consider if there is a need for even greater security for your building; if so, a Lockdown System might be helpful.

Surveillance Cameras— Surveillance cameras are an effective theft deterrent, as most criminals do not want to be caught on film. Placing cameras strategically can provide good evidence for prosecution if a theft, vandalism or even a physical attack occurs at your place of business.

Adequate Alarms— Intrusion alarms can summon law enforcement if there is an after-hours incident at your business. Additionally, panic buttons placed in your business can allow you to summon help immediately or lockdown your entire building if there is a need to do it.

Effective Networking and IT Deployment— In addition to physical security, you should consider cyber security, too. Small businesses are hit by cyber criminals and data breaches at an alarmingly high rate and deserve preventive measures to thwart them to the greatest extent possible. Common-sense measures can help you avoid a catastrophic breach that can result in financial ruin and a reputation ding so severe that it can put you out of business. We know that most data breaches impact small companies, and that payment data is generally a prime target, so be particularly careful handling sensitive information.

Upgraded Technology— As data security breaches become more common, payment card companies have come up with embedded chips (EMV and PCI technologies) that make cards and terminals more compatible and secure, so ensure that you take advantage of that added layer of protection. Also, move as much of your business data to secure cloud storage– not only will you have access from anywhere, but reputable storage providers invest in security measures that will give you peace of mind. Additionally, work with a trusted small business security advisor that can help you understand the new technology and plan to minimize data breaches.

Small business security is multi-faceted, but putting together a solid plan from the start can keep your business running smoothly and securely. In Tampa Bay, call us for help at 813-909-7775.

 

Quick and Safe Tampa Parking Security Tips for Property Managers

Property and Facility Managers have an all-encompassing job; they must keep residents safe in their swimming pool, know which cars are coming through their front and rear gates, and be sure that residents and guests are safe in their parking areas. A tall order, to be sure– and luckily, there is help for all of these areas. Today, we’d like to talk specifically about Tampa parking security and how critical it is for a successful Property Manager.

Safe and secure parking is high on the priority list of renters, as these articles from real estate websites Bigger Pockets and Postlets point out. Clearly, parking is a critical point in determining how long units will remain vacant and earning zero dollars for the community; solving any parking issues quickly and permanently will go a long way toward making residents happy and keeping retention numbers high.

Understand your Tampa parking security responsiblities

Dark parking lot, bad parking security As the Property Manager, it is important to assess how secure your parking security currently is– is your garage or lot well lit, free of hazards that can cause people to fall, and set up to deter criminals? Residents and building workers can be leery of parking in areas that do not have those attributes; and worse yet, one single incident can cause even more problems and more hesitation among possible tenants, for the community. People need to feel that they are safe and not vulnerable to criminal acts, and that their cars will be there when they get back. Luckily, there are simple solutions to handle any issues you might have, without busting this year’s budget.

In addition to tenant stresses, neglecting parking security can leave your community open to liability risks, lawsuits, insurance rate hikes, and even dings to your business reputation.  Parking security has received a lot of press lately, and for good reason. Government statistics show that over 10 percent of property crimes and more than 7 percent of violent crimes are committed in pagood parking securityrking lots. In fact, parking lots and garages have been seen in violent mass shootings as staging areas. There is much work to be doone.

People who park in your garage or parking lot expect and deserve protection equivalent to that received within your building. This is true regardless if those individuals have paid to park. Your company or community is responsible for parking security in both instances, making it vital to continually strive to improve safety.  Which of these areas would you rather park in? The dully-lit one above, or the well-lit space to the right with the promise of surveillance cameras.

Commonsense solutions for parking security

If you have been tracking any incidents that occur in your parking areas, you will undoubtedly have some ideas about improvements. Regular property security surveys to ferret out any potential security gaps can help guide you to the proper conditions for optimal parking security. Additionally, a professional assessment will point out security risks that you may be overlooking. These can be areas of deferred maintenance, inproper training of key personnel, failure to respond to incidents, a lack of security, or even conflicts in company policies.

Proper Maintenance: Criminals are apt to believe security is lax if there is no evidence of it, or if the area’s maiaccess controlntenance is sketchy. Keep parking lot cracks filled, paint touched up and trash cans empty.

Lighting: Criminals prefer the cover of darkness, so well-lit spaces are good deterrents. Bright lots and garages eliminate a lot of hiding places, and allow people to see their surroundings well. LED lighting is brighter and delivers white light at a cost savings.

Access Control: Limit who is allowed to park on your lot or in your
garage with gate access control or a parking attendant. You might use ID badges or card readers, or even biometric access control for the ultimate in parking security.

Surveillance Cameras: HD security cameras provide recordings of incidents and help with prosecution, and license plate cameras can be particularly useful in tracking criminals after a crime has occurred. However, with the addition of video analytics they can also be used to detect an event and send an alert for even greater safety; by monitoring your parking area according to rules that you establish, any deviance will send you an alert. Motion detection cameras, similarly, can be set up to turn on in the event of unexpected motion.

In Tampa, Securiteam can assess your risks and provide access control, LED lighting, surveillance cameras and video analytics to keep your community and your residents safe and secure. Call us at 813-909-7775, and expect a real person to answer with a smile!

Best Tampa Bay Commercial Security: How to Get Superior Coverage

Small business owners have a lot on their plate– from actual daily operations to big-picture decisions. Additionally, there are often small “fires” that somehow get out of control and need leadership to solve.  In the Tampa Bay area, the Securiteam crew can take the stress and headaches about physical commercial security off your plate totally, AND handle related services like IT Deployment and Maintenance, low-voltage cabling, networking, guest wi-fi, and even background music. This is in addition to access control card readers, intrusion and fire alarm systems, remote video with people detection and HD surveillance camera systems. There simply is no need to call multiple vendors to get your needs handled; make one phone call to Securiteam for a no-obligation consultation and our best advice on how to handle each of these areas in your particular facility. After all, when it comes to Tampa Bay Commercial Security, there is no “one size fits all” solution.

Services Securiteam Offers: Tampa Bay Commercial Security and Property Management Solutions

IT Deployment and Maintenance Networking
Background Music Access Control Card Readers
Low-Voltage Cabling Intrusion and Fire Alarms
LED Lighting Remote Video w/People Detection
Guest Wi-Fi HD Surveillance Camera Systems

How do you know what you need? Securiteam Expertise

Here is a simple chart that shows the flow of our Tampa Bay Commercial Security process– it is easy to take advantage of Securiteam’s expertise, and easier still to schedule installation and training on your new equipment. Our owner, Rob Cirillo, has more than 25 years of experience in the security industry, and our installation and service technicians average more than seven years of experience. We provide only high-quality, professional-grade equipment from top brands like Panasonic, Honeywell, and Silent Knight. Additionally, our Customer Service is handled by Jody Kamps, who will delight you from your first call in to our office– and you will talk to a live person when you call during normal business hours. Call us at 813-909-7775 for all of your Tampa Bay Commercial Security questions.

Tampa Bay Commercial Security = Securiteam

 

 

Help us Save Healing Horses in Wesley Chapel

This is our unabashed plea for assistance to save Healing Horses. Healing Horses One Child at a Time, Inc., is a Wesley Chapel 501c3 organization that takes in abused and neglected horses for rehabilitation and allows at risk and special needs youth to help care for them. The organization was founded by Beverly Levitt in 2010 and is located on Bennington Drive in Wesley Chapel.This type of equine therapy is well-known and highly regarded as helpful for these children and young adults, while at the same time these beautiful animals are nursed back to health in a loving and caring environment. In an unfortunate turn of events, the organization is struggling to stay afloat and keep the horses fed and vetted.save Healing Horses Save Healing Horses Picsave Healing Horses

“There is nothing better for the inside of a man than the outside of a horse.”– attributed to Winston Churchill.

Healing Hands One Child at a Time Inc. has a future that is in serious doubt; operating funds have declined but the bills keep coming– food, medicines, and veterinarian visits are all expensive items. Here is a little of what Beverly had to say recently on the organization’s Facebook page:

“We have dangled on a dangerous cliff of survival that is so not necessary and risks not only the horses, but our successful program for children in need, that we do at no charge to our community or their families. We need YOU to not pass this post thinking someone else will pick up the torch, but instead pledge a $5 a month pledge to keep our doors open, allow us to continue o ur mission and make a difference in lives of four legged and two legged sentient beings.”

Please do what you can to help– whether that is a one-time or recurring donation, a bale of hay, or simply to help us spread the word that help is needed to rescue this outstanding organization. Remember, too, that donations are tax deductible. Our company is committed to helping; we have seen first hand the difference caring for a horse can make, and we know a young lady who is thriving in part due to time spent at the Healing Horses facility. Help save Healing Horses. Click here to donate at their website: http://bit.ly/1Lo3q73 Click To Tweet

 

Amenity Center Security: Crucial for Resident Safety and Happiness

Estancia Community Wesley Chapel Amenity Center Communities around the Tampa Bay area spend a lot of time, much effort and massive amounts of money developing their amenity centers and common areas. Keeping residents happy and secure, and community assets safe is a crucial amenity for property and community managers to offer; however, it is sometimes an afterthought or not even addressed at all until something unfortunate happens. Certainly, property managers would be wise to proactively address amenity center security and ensure the safety of the residents and the proper protection of the community’s assets as well.

Amenity Center Security Issues
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HOAs, CDDs, and apartment and condo complexes alike need to be aware of the real or perceived risk of vandalism and unauthorized usage of amenity center facilities.  Nothing is worse than coming to work in the morning and finding all the patio furniture in the pool— and not having a clue who did it and how to thwart the next amenitry center vandalism. Other problems arise when non-residents frequent community pools, basketball courts and even playgrounds.

  • Vandalism– From ruined patio furniture to broken pool jets to graffiti.
  • Trespassing– Not knowing who is using your pool makes everyone a little less safe.
  • Theft– Thefts from residents at the pool can leave them less than happy with their community.
  • Liability –People can and do drown and get otherwise injured, especially when swimming after hours.
  • Pool area closed sign Down time– Another problem is that problems might result in closing the amenity center for repairs or investigations, resulting in UNHAPPY residents.

When an amenity center receives damage from vandalism or there are increased incidents of theft or other crimes, insurance rates go up for all the residents. In addition to increases in rates, the damage must be repaired and costly maintenance performed to return the swimming pool area to proper operating condition. Needless to say, identifying the culprits is critical to ensuring that it does not happen again, and that those who caused the problems are held responsible for the cleanup and repair, lessening the financial burden for residents.

Amenity Center Security Solutions

Luckily, amenity center security is easier today than in year’s past. Advanced technology, from security cameras to access control and video analytics, can keep a pool area safe even in the middle of the night.

  • Access Control– Keeping people out that are not supposed to be in your amenity center area goes a long way toward securing the area. It also lets you knono trespassing in pool sign w who was in the area at what times, helping to pinpoint any problems.
  • Emergency Buttons– Adding “panic buttons” can help residents summon emergency assistance when needed.
  • Surveillance Cameras– Camera surveillance has been the go-to solution for some time, and it is extremely popular, especially in combination with video analytics.  You can view what is going on in your amenity center area in real time.
  • Video Analytics– Video analytics works alongside surveillance cameras, and can alert you when someone breaks the perimeter of your facility, or if a high-value asset is removed.

Selecting a provider to setup amenity center security should not be taken lightly. Be sure that you choose a company which is experienced in this type of commercial security, that can offer a system which addresses all of your needs, and is ready, willing, and able to handle any maintenance or service needs. Our experienced team here in Tampa will make a thorough assessment of your facility before offering our recommendations; after all, there is no “one size fits all” amenity center security solution. Securiteam– 813-909-7775!

Monitored Fire Alarms Save Lives, Property and Money

The National Fire Protection Association tells us that deaths in home fires have decreased remarkably over the last 30 years, even though the number of fatalities per 1,000 fire incidents has remained fairly constant. Early warnings, in the form of monitored fire alarms and smoke detectors, can help to ensure that people and pets get out alive when there is a fire in a building or home. This is especially important in small communities which depend to a great extent upon volunteer fire department personnel which typically have longer response times.

Decreases in Fire Incidents; Fire Alarms Still Needed

Fires have decreased over the past 30 years or so, as shown in this graph to the left from NFPA. However, the chart does not give the whole picture. While the number of people dying in firelossgraph2015fires has decreased overall, we do know that when there is a fire, people do still die a horrible death when trapped in a burning building. Therefore, there is still a lot of work to be done to ensure safety in the home and in all types of facilities to save lives! Continue reading

Focus on the Future: Precise Biometric Access Control

Focus on the Future: Precise Access Control with Biometrics

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Iris recognition biometric access control

Secured access to your business or home helps you avoid potential security risks; biometric secured access control virtually eliminates those risks. Biometric access control cannot be hacked by simply transferring the traditional types of access control mechanisms–physical smart cards or proximity access cards. In short, biometric technology is for those businesses or individuals that absolutely must know when their property is accessed, and by whom.

Types of Biometric Access Control

Because of rapid advances in technology, there are now numerous biometric access controls available, from fingerprint scanning to eye or facial recognition, faking these systems out is much more difficult; the person absolutely must be present to activate the system. This makes protecting valuable resources more certain and gives the owners peace of mind. Like other access control systems, these can still be controlled remotely to make any needed changes. If you have to fire an employee this morning, you will want to ensure they are unable to access… Click To Tweet

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Fingerprint biometric access control

Fingerprint recognition systems require the user to input their finger on the pad, where it can be matched up to the stored image fingerprint. Similarly, iris and retinal scans store an image of your eye and match it up to the scan at the time of admission to verify identity. It is also possible to use other biometrics such as facial recognition software or hand geometry to prove identity.

 

Adding Biometric Access Control

In the not too distant past,  biometric access control was cost-prohibitive for most individuals and organizations. That has changed with the advent of newer devices that allow biometric technology to be added to systems you already use. Via this latest technology, most installed access control systems can be retrofitted to work seamlessly with biometrics. Better still, biometrics can be used to work with computers, websites and networks as well for even greater security.

Biometric systems are an extremely fast-growing area of the security industry, with estimates showing the biometric access control segment at nearly $30 billion (with a B) by 2022, and more than 10 percent growth per year. Biometrics is no longer only science fiction — it is reality and the rapid growth of this aspect of the industry is due to the need for greater security and the fact that this technology is now more affordable than ever.

Other Uses for Biometric Access Control

When securing important assets (or your family) is crucial, think biometric access control. The sky truly is the limit—fast growing areas for use of this technology are critical systems, like company databases, power plants, airlines and air traffic control, for starters. There is no end in sight to where the technology will be utilized in the future. Identify theft has become a huge problem, and biometrics can ease the pain in that regard. Already, we are seeing computers and laptops with biometrics installed upon build, making it nearly impossible for someone to get into your personal or business files. These biometric access controls are often used in combination with a password or PIN number for double the safety.

Disney biometric access control

Disney is using biometrics along with Magic Bands to screen customers. Copyright: Disney

If you have been to the Magic Kingdom or any of the other Florida Disney parks recently, you likely underwent biometric screening to enter. Using these scans keeps dishonest visitors from selling passes to be used by someone else or sold– a problem the company had because people were doing just that to take advantage of the cheaper multi-day pass rates. Though this kind of use does not add physical security, it does safeguard Disney’s financial resources by allowing customers to use the passes in only the way intended.

Additionally, airports are adding biometric access control to thwart security problems and keep the most restricted areas safe. No loss of cards, no loss of passwords, and no transferability are all great benefits of utilizing biometrics.

Overall, biometric access controls are an excellent resource for reducing or eliminating security threats; expect to see this technology frequently as further technological advances are made.