4 Things You Didn’t Know about Master Key System Security

Authored by InstaKey

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There are many benefits to keying systems that include the ability to use master keys. From superior control over your system to extreme convenience, master key systems can offer effective security to many businesses. To illustrate the benefits of this kind of security system, let’s take a look at InstaKey’s Master Key System capabilities.

1. Master Key Control Programs Are Created on a Restricted Keyway

restrictedkeys.pngIf a criminal manages to copy a key for your locking system, the security implications for your business could be catastrophic. Employees who copy keys for their own convenience can also open up serious security holes for your business. Thankfully, all InstaKey master key control programs are created on a restricted keyway, which prevents unauthorized copying.

When key control programs are created on a restricted keyway, key blanks are not available on the open market. That means they cannot be copied without your authorization.

2. Master Keys Have Key Serialization

All key in a restricted keyway key control program carry a unique serial number, so you can always identify individual keys for your locking system. This includes the master keys. Each unique serial number can be used to track keys to their individual holders, as well as provide information about the key and the parts of your system that it can access. This information is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week through cloud-based key tracking software. The birth-to-death tracking provided by master key serialization helps to ensure that you always know exactly how many keys exist, who holds them, and what level of access each key provides.

3. Master Keys Work With Rekeyable Lock Technology

Master keys allow administrators to not need to carry around a bunch of keys because one key can give you access to multiple doors. Rekeyable locks allow administrators to avoid calling a locksmith. This benefit can make their jobs easier and improve efficiency in your organization.

Rekeyable lock technology offers a number of security advantages for your business. When a security breach occurs, rekeyable locks allow you to immediately re-secure the system at the level of the breach. For example, if a master key has been lost, rekeyable locks allow you to rekey locks at the master level only. After the rekey, replace master keys for key holders only. User level keys won’t be affected and thus won’t need to be replaced. This solution provides significant cost savings, as it ensures you only replace the parts of the system that have been compromised.

4. Master Keys Can Be Managed and Tracked Through Key Control Software

key control software.jpgKey control software allows you to keep track of all keys issued for your system, including master keys. InstaKey’s key control software is a secure cloud-based platform that provides 24/7 access to information about your security system. The software can be accessed through SecurityRecords.com and allows you to track who has your keys and which locks each key is able to open. This information is updated in real time to give a comprehensive overview of your current security situation.

Being able to track keys through a single centralized platform is a major benefit of electronic key control systems for many businesses. Understanding what is going on in your business is an essential part of any security strategy, so it’s important to be able to log onto a secure cloud platform and immediately get an overview of all keys and master keys.

Protecting Your Business With Master Key Systems

There are many situations in which the right master key lock from Instakey protects your business from disaster. For example, if you fire one of your employees, you can be absolutely sure they do not have any copies of the keys he was given, so the security system remains intact if he returns the key. Serialized master keys that are created on a restricted keyway mean that even if you fire a senior employee, who held the master key for your security system, you can be sure that no copies of that key exist.

Master key systems are also invaluable in an emergency or disaster. In this situation, it’s important to be able to respond quickly to critical concerns. Cloud-based tracking systems allow you to remotely find out who has access to various areas of your business premises, which means you can come up with a strategy to keep your business safe.

Finally, key tracking is useful in cases of theft. In this situation, the documented record-keeping process provided by master key lock systems can reduce investigation time and help to narrow down the list of suspects.

To learn more about master keys and how they can help improve security in your business, contact InstaKey today. The security experts at InstaKey can help you decide which security system is right for your company, allowing you to keep your physical premises secure at all times. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with questions about master keys or any other aspect of physical security.

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