Tailgating Prevention – It Takes Everyone!April 29th, 2022 by Chelsea Wells
Tailgating is one of the most widespread security breaches and has recently been identified as a common problem on our campus. One of the most frequent instances of tailgating occurs when an employee politely holds open a door for a colleague or visitor. This unintentionally creates a security breach by enabling an unauthorized user to access the building or area. Another instance where tailgating can occur is when an oblivious employee allows a door to slowly close behind them, leaving the opportunity for an unauthorized user to enter via the closing door. Tailgating can also happen unintentionally by third parties such as subcontractors propping open a door whilst carrying out works
What are the dangers of tailgating in the workplace?
If a fraudster gains access, their intent could be anything ranging from theft/damage of equipment, theft/damage of sensitive hardware, unauthorized access to the company’s internal systems, or physical acts of violence.
What can you do to ensure the safety of our patients, staff and visitors?
Stop. Act. Assist
Stop: Before going any further, pause and ensure that no one is following behind you into a secure area or a location requiring badge access or through a locked door.
Act: Ask the employees(s) trying to follow behind you to badge in on the card reader, even if you have already opened the door using your badge. Ensure they have proper access. If the employee is unable to produce their badge, direct them to Security or their supervisor for assistance.
Assist: If the individual is not an employee, ask how you can assist them in getting where they need to go. If they are meeting someone or trying to get somewhere, walk them to the area. Or you can suggest they call Security to escort them to their destination.
Together we can ensure the safety and security of our campus