CASE STUDY 1
Building an Access Control System
As a member of the Information Security team at a small college, you have been made the project manager to install an access control system (ACS) in a dormitory. The ACS will automatically unlock the dormitory doors via an electronic proximity reader and integrate with an existing security camera system. The cameras are designed to face and rotate to record a person as they use their identification card to unlock the door.
Create a 3-4 page project plan for this project in which you:
Include a one-half page project scope statement.
Define five (5) major tasks, each with one to two (1-2) subtasks. Also write a brief description for each ...view middle of the document...
Due to insecurity within the dormitory, it is essential that the security system be improved to detect the visitors during entry, and to only allow the required personnel into the system. Hence, our objective is to create an access control system that unlocks the door automatically via an electronic proximity reader. The system should be integrated with the existing security camera system to enhance its effectiveness.
The access control system would require all visitors to swipe their cards through the proximal card reader. The system would check existence of the details on the card with the ones in the database; then, if a match is found, the door would open (Sandhu & Munawer, 2002). The action would trigger the rotation of the camera view towards the door to record or take view of a guest who enters the dormitory. The system would keep records of all entries and the timestamp for each access and corresponding video or picture taken by the camera.
An access control system is considered effective if it is capable of determining the owners of the cards used, record the timestamp as well as allow for retrievals of past access records (Benantar, 2006). Inclusivity is also the camera’s capability to rotate towards the door and record when triggered by allowed access (Ramachandran, 2002).
The college is responsible for purchase of the required materials as to be ascertained. The installation is expected to take, and not limited to, ten days. Maintenance of the system is to be accounted for when required after approval of the system’s effectiveness.
There are two main distinctions of requirements: functional and non-functional requirements. Functional requirements are the most essential ones as they ensure the main objectives are achieved. On the other hand, non-functional requirements are the values or attributes of the system that would ensure smooth running of the system.
The functional requirements that will form the system include the control panels, access cards, card readers, power booster, and conduit and raceway systems (Sandhu & Munawer, 2002). These requirements are essential during installation to ensure effectiveness of the system.
The non-functional requirements are the attributes of the system; these include: reliability, performance, cost, system quality attributes, and the challenges encountered during installation.
Steps of Implementing the Project
To complete the installation, the following steps would be accomplished to successfully install the access control system.
The analysis of the problem should take a day. At the analysis stage we determine the solution. The solution has been identified as the installation of the access control system. At this stage the system parts are identified; they include input, output, communication devices, power supplies, detection devices, intelligent panels, card readers, lock hardware, the actions...