Case Study. Course Name: Access Control
Do a case analysis for the case mentioned below. Make certain that the report covers all the major elements of the case. It should indicate clearly which case has been analyzed, the Private Sector, the Public Sector or the Critical Infrastructure.
Make sure to follow APA style. Please make sure the submission is 2 – 3 pages in length and meet the minimum APA formatting guidelines:
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Critical Infrastructure Case Study:
Power plants are an important part of critical infrastructure and local, state,
and national economies. Therefore, power plants need deep and multilayered
access controls due to concerns over physical security. There are a number of
sensitive areas that must be secured, and various employees need different
levels of access to these locations. At a plant in the upper Midwest, this
access is handled with identity badges that include images of the user and an
RFID with the user’s access rights.
The RFID handles access through multiple levels. There is a security
checkpoint at the entrance to the parking lot and at the entrance to the
building. Both points require a badge to enter. From there, the badge allows
personnel to enter the facilities they are authorized to enter. It also acts as
“something you have” for multipoint authentication onto secure systems.
These are all standard functions for an RFID badge system.
The badges also have an automatic deactivation feature, which is useful for
certain personnel. Maintenance personnel, for example, do not have enhanced
access and do not require access to secured areas of the site. However, the
maintenance team may need access to any area of the facility regardless of its
sensitivity in the case of a breakdown or special project. To allow for this, the
badges can be granted access rights that decay over time. This allows for
temporary access to secure areas that is then automatically revoked over a
number of hours or days. This lowers administrative time and reduces the risk
of human error in rights assignment.