Improve the Security at Your Work By Implementing ID Cards

A fundamental concern in the contemporary workplace in Canada, and elsewhere, is security. Without security, most businesses would be vulnerable to outside forces and theft—not to mention the ever-increasing threat of compromised information and corporate espionage in the workplace. To avoid the costly damages of a breach, an easy-to-use system of ID cards for employees is one of the first steps a company should consider when evaluating their security policies. This article will examine the scenarios that might lead to a security breach, and how ID cards help to prevent it. 

Depending on the nature and size of a business, an unauthorized individual could conceivably gain access to confidential information, cause disruption of software using a virus, embarrass the company by obligating it to commitments it is not prepared to keep, and even embezzle money by accessing accounts within the system. Someone with intent to do serious damage can also erase historical records in ways that make it impossible to recover the information. In short, there is a myriad of ways an unauthorized person, posing as an employee, could create havoc.

This can be better understood by running through a common scenario: an employee – Bill, let’s say – reported for work one morning, after having been hired on credentials from a temporary agency. Bill had never intended to do actual work at the company, but rather was there to steal valuable medical equipment the company stored. This company had no real security in place, and their employees, regardless of rank, had access to all rooms in the building. Bill, under the guise of wanting to stay late his first day, made off with a number of valuable medical instruments late in the evening. The company’s HR had accepted Bill’s credentials at face value, and he went to work for one day only, causing major disruption and leading to a substantial loss in revenue.

Later, the company implemented ID cards, adopting a safe and secure system of preventing outside influence, theft and disruption. The investment required to take this step was minimal compared to the loss they had already incurred. When a business is invested in improving security, it changes the attitude and focus of a company and their workforce because it eliminates fear and concern regarding unwanted influences from outsiders. With an ID system set up, they saw revenue stabilize quickly and employees express a renewed feeling of safety.

That’s just one scenario. In Canada, security considerations have moved to the top of the priority list in many industries, and you’ll find airport security, fire department security, construction sites, emergency and healthcare services, security companies, and even some government agencies in Canada use ID systems from to provide them with a variety of preventative measures that are effective and easy to use.

Admittedly, this is not the only step Canadian companies can take, but it is a start, and since it is incumbent on every employer to protect themselves and their employees, it makes perfect sense to implement an ID card system.

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02 Mar 2018