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Most organizations still using older security technologies says IFSEC Global Report

July 17, 2022  By SP&T Staff

IFSEC Global

IFSEC Global

The majority of organizations continue to rely on older or possibly outdated security technology according to IFSEC Global’s 2022 State of Physical Access Control Report.

IFSEC explains in the report that organizations that do not regularly update their technologies are especially vulnerable to hackers. Since older technologies have been exposed longer, hackers can easily find the information they require to clone the corresponding algorithms of the technology.

32 per cent of respondents reported using 125 KHZ low frequency proximity cards. Another 35 per cent said they used magnetic stripe technology. In Asia Pacific, only 15 per cent of respondents said they used magnetic stripe technology.

26 per cent of participating technologies said they used iCLASS, and 18 per cent said they used MIFARE.


“Card and reader security is often overlooked in technology refresh scheduling, but the dramatic increase in legacy system vulnerability should really move this item up in an organization’s security priorities, proactively rather than reactively,” stated Ann Brookes, product marketing manager of credentials and biometric solutions, HID Global, in the report.

To conduct their research, IFSEC prepared a 24-question survey and deployed it to companies in North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa. In total, their research efforts drew responses from just over 1,000 participants.

The security employees who responded to the survey held a variety of positions with their respective companies at the time the survey was conducted. Some were physical security managers, IT managers, facility directors and managers, information security managers and directors. A smaller portion of these participants were C-suite people.

28 per cent of respondents worked at smaller businesses with less than 100 staff. Another 39 per cent worked at slightly larger organizations of 1000 employees or more.

Read the full 2022 State of Physical Access Control Report here. 

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