What is Identity and how do YOU identify yourself?

Friday, 5th June, 2015

How do you identify yourself? Do you give your name, describe yourself, tell people where you work or what you do?

Other people’s idea of who you are often comes from what you tell them. However, for a company, council, school, college or university who you are, and correctly identifying that, is a vital part of overall security and welfare for everyone on those premises.

Many people carry ID cards as proof of their identity in these working environments, but with so many different systems at work needing to confirm who you are, how many different forms of proof of identity are now needed. Do you have separate passwords for every single website you use, or do you, like many, use the same password in a multitude of systems?

Companies and public sector workplaces recognise that in order for all staff to remain vigilant and therefore secure, the systems need to be as simple as possible at the point of use.  This is where What sort of ID comes in.

An identity card is often just a visual confirmation with a photograph but more and more cards have memory chip in them to use access control systems.  What this means is that the IT department relate each card to a specific person and the system itself is then told where that person is allowed to go.  The big advantage of Single Point Identity Management is that the same ID card can be used by multiple systems. This is achieved by careful integration of all the databases and background information that the separate systems use to relate each person to what they are allowed to do.

For the actual users it means that one card can be used to get into the building and the areas they are allowed to access, to log on securely to IT systems, to buy things from a canteen or vending machine without cash or to print things only in the format approved for their role.

A second level can be introduced to make the whole thing even more secure.  This is called Two Factor Authentication.  It sounds complex but all it normally means is that to prove your identity, you need to things (Two Factors).  It is normal for this to be split into one thing you have and one thing you know.  In practise, we all use Two Factor Authentication every time we take money out of a cash machine.  Something you have, (your bank card), is allied to something you know, (your PIN), to let you to perform an action you are allowed to do, (take money from your bank account).

For businesses, Two Factor Authentication means that if an employee loses their ID card, it is of no use to other people so giving an added layer of security for the business and the employee.

AIT have the expertise to bring all of these things together to make your workplace as safe and secure as possible with the least impact on everyone’s day at work.  As well as providing the ID Cards we can provide each of the systems individually, combine a number of them or most importantly of all, integrate the systems so that they work seamlessly, even with existing systems already in use. Click here to go to our ID managment page.

If you would like to find out more about our ID solutions why not click here to watch out video or contact us at solutions@ait.co.uk or call is on 0113 273 0300. We will be happy to discuss your requirements and the best solution for your own needs.