Credentialing Integrity: How Do You Control Access?

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Jul 12, 2022

Several years ago, during the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics, a mentally ill man with a homemade security pass — and a fixation — was able to get within a few feet of the U.S. Vice President.

Two female plain clothes Canadian Mounties protecting the Vice President decided that they felt the man “just didn’t fit in.” So they intercepted him. Within moments, they determined that his credentials were invalid — either faked or forged — and began escorting him back up the aisle. At which point he began to run.

There are two key lessons here. First, leveraging state-of-the-art technology for credentials such as badges or passes is enormously important. This is true if your job is to ensure the security of a nation’s leader. Or safeguarding a leading pharmaceutical research lab. Or managing the security supporting an international, month-long, 10-stadium sports event with three million attendees. Continue reading here.