Genetec Inc. has cautioned organizations of all sizes to be vigilant about the cybersecurity risk posed by legacy access control systems.
“Many organizations are operating with access control systems that date back 10 years or more. While these older systems still allow employees to badge in and out, there’s a very high likelihood that these systems employ technologies that are extremely vulnerable to modern cyber threats,” said Christian Morin, Vice President of Product Engineering and Chief Security Officer at Genetec.
According to the company, vulnerabilities in legacy systems can introduce cybersecurity weaknesses that may put an entire organization at risk. Cyber-criminals can exploit weaknesses in access control system credentials, controllers, servers, readers or workstations connected to the network.
Once a cyber-criminal has breached access control system credentials, they can then move on to an organization’s network and can gain control of other building systems, view or steal confidential information from internal records or launch attacks designed to take key systems offline.
To improve the cybersecurity of access control systems, Genetec recommends: