S-Key’s biometric, fingerprint-activated, access solution adds a critical security layer for leading UK law firm Freeths LLP.
Protecting confidential files and data is key for any law firm, where handling client data, both physically and digitally, is common practice. A robust access control system is vital where the risk of any failure in security measures, including those with two-factor authentication, could have severe consequences.
S-Key’s fingerprint-activated biometric access control cards improved security at this law firm at low cost, requiring the replacement of only the access cards, and with extra benefits.
The Issue: How to upgrade security using existing readers
Freeths uses an access control system for physical access control at their offices. Speed and convenience of access are important for employees, who are often in and out of client meetings. However, the firm is keen to enhance security where possible, and in particular is concerned that cards alone can easily be lost or stolen, providing a potential breach in security.
Biometric fingerprint authentication provides an additional security layer which eliminates the risk of a fob being used by an unauthorised person.
Freeths was keen to evaluate how S-Key fingerprint-activated access control cards would work for them at one office, asking six key questions:
We already have an access system – what needs to change?
How long will it take for our lawyers to get set up?
How convenient are the cards to use on a daily basis?
As lawyers, we know how vital data protection is. How is personal information handled?
What are the costs and is it scalable?
Can biometric access control cards be used for other areas such as secure printing or computer access?
The Solution: biometric access control cards
Selected lawyers were given S-Key cards to be used across all entry and exit points at their office in Oxford.
All lawyers were swiftly enrolled and set-up using the company’s existing access card reader infrastructure.
“The process was extremely fast and straightforward, it would be familiar to anyone who has used the fingerprint reader on a smartphone, for example. It was reassuring to know that our details were stored securely on the card itself, and that we didn’t have to make any changes to the rest of our access control systems, to link up additional databases or reconfigure our readers.”Freeths, Oxford
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