Tailgating: A Common Courtesy and a Common Risk

Tailgating: A Common Courtesy and a Common Risk

by Diane Ritchey, Security Magazine

A recent survey of enterprise security executives offers remarkable perceptions about the risk of tailgating.

Tailgating is one of the most common and innocent security breaches – an employee opening a door and holding it open for others, visitors without badges, or the passive acceptance of a uniformed worker. The problem with these situations and common courtesy is that they open your building to undocumented and unauthorized entry by individuals who could intend harm to your property and employees.

According to a recent survey of enterprise security executives by Boon Edam Inc., based on what they have seen in the media over the past 10 years, a solid majority of all the respondents (69 percent) believe that security breaches from tailgating remain at the same level or are on the rise.

Even more, a strong majority of all respondents (77 percent) believe that “guards and barriers” and “unmanned barriers that prevent tailgating” are the most effective way to curtail tailgating. However, only a minority (18 percent) of end user respondents say they were currently using either of those choices.

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