Physical security (graffiti?) is something that many risk professionals and auditors take seriously. Most organizations issue access cards to their employees, often configured differently to various floors or parts of the office. It’s well known that thieves will sometimes piggy back off someone coming into the office when polite employees hold the door open for strangers who appear to work there. (To mitigate that risk, simply asking “can I help you” will often deter the bad guy.) Alternatively, I’ve seen places install turnstiles in the lobby so only one person can get in at a time.
Doors are often configured so you need to swipe your access card to get into the designated area, while a motion sensor or pushing a button is required to unlock the door from the others side to get out.
Against that backdrop, I’d like to send All of My Love out to my friend Jimmy for sharing this tale. While working late In The Evening, Jimmy noticed that one of the construction workers working there after hours, had slipped a file folder between the space in the glass doors and Hot Dog!, this tricked the motion sensor into unlocking the door and he got In Through the Out Door. So much for high-tech security.
After this potential security breach was identified, Jimmy had to deactivate the motion sensor: the only way to exit is from pushing the button and that ended the threat of access by file folder. But here’s the rub: although the button is just 3 feet from the door the door, it releases the lock for less than one second. This is not enough time to get out. Effectively, exiting became a two-person job: you push the button while I open the door. It’s like some Fool in the Rain invented this technology.
In the end, the button was reconfigured to last longer.