Physical security systems drive the hybrid workplace to new heights

Article by Genetec A/NZ Country Director George Moawad.

As organizations have adapted to new business conditions and changing priorities since the pandemic, they are also beginning to closely review how data collected from their physical security systems can improve, protect, and enhance their business operations in unique ways.

Physical security has evolved since the days of its use as a retroactive measure to fight crime. It is now a staple of digital business transformation plans with unified security platforms that help unlock value from data collected across physical security systems. This allows organizations to proactively address unexpected events and unfolding challenges.

Organizations are also using physical security solutions to deal with significant new downstreams around changes in the physical dimension of the business and the transition to a hybrid business environment with the corresponding need to achieve operational flexibility through integrated risk management.

Larger organizations in particular see value in the data collected by their physical security systems. Over 46% said they use their security systems to improve business efficiency, productivity, and asset optimization.

While managing hybrid workplaces is a top priority, a recently released Genetec’s State of Physical Security Report found that organizations are also focusing on addressing cybersecurity weaknesses, adopting cloud-based solutions and driving organizational transformation by integrating key insights that They were collected from their physical security systems data.

Tackling cybersecurity as the biggest challenge

In the early days of the pandemic, managing the safety of staff and visitors was the top priority. This year’s report found, not surprisingly, that cybersecurity is now the number one challenge for dealing with and investing resources, while managing visitors has slipped to fifth place.

One of the main reasons for this shift in focus is the rapid increase in the number of employees working remotely, especially physical operations staff. More than 25% of employees of Physical Security Options are now set up to work remotely, which, while offering significant advantages, also opens up the potential for an increase in cybercrime.

As a result, respondents reprioritized budgets, with 36% of respondents increasing their investment in cybersecurity-related tools for physical security and 49% planning to invest in video analytics. More than half of the participants in the State of Physical Security report indicated that they would at least maintain or increase their investment in physical security between 10% and 50%.

Cloud adoption is growing

While most physical security deployments remain on premises thanks to cybersecurity concerns, 35% of Genetec report respondents indicated that the pandemic has either triggered or accelerated their physical security cloud strategy in the past 12 months.

All indications are that the trend towards the cloud will continue, as 47% of companies currently have less than half of their physical security environment deployed in the cloud, indicating that they plan to deploy their security solution on the cloud further.

Moving physical security environments to the cloud or hybrid cloud offers significant advantages, including the ability to enable remote monitoring and functionality via video and camera control, manage recording, maintain system health, and apply firmware updates and software patches.

Regardless of installation goal or size, organizations can reduce system maintenance costs and costs while enhancing their cyber resilience by using cloud solutions, and enjoy shared responsibility for security between the cloud provider and the enterprise.

Physical security drives enterprise transformation

Physical security is now playing an even more important role as a key element in the digital transformation of organizational processes.

By quickly adapting and using security technology to solve problems, physical security departments have proven to play a critical role in addressing new challenges for their organizations.

Having adequate data management and structure is key to unlocking the additional value from data collected via physical security systems. Larger organizations intend to invest in data management solutions to improve or improve the functionality of their physical security environment in the coming year.

As organizations look to enhance their physical security infrastructure and align it with data protection and privacy policies, they will increasingly continue to invest in unified security systems deployed through cloud-enabled services. This is a strategic channel to enable ease of maintenance, visibility, and data collection across its systems to improve and enhance business operations in the future.

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