With all of the changes in technology today, people have a difficult time trying to keep up with what’s going on. Because so many industries are impacted by advances in technology, each industry has some surprises that tend to take us all by surprise every once in a while. In fact, some of the most notable usually involve distinct industries combining forces and making changes that completely changes how things are done in the business world as a whole.
With that being said, the convergence of both Physical Security Systems and Information Security Systems have made a marked changed in the fundamental way of how security is being done all over the globe. So, the answer to the question, how can physical security systems benefit from information security systems can be found in the benefits provided below.
Security runs jointly instead of separately
In the past, physical security systems were not connected to data information systems at all. In fact, when an individual entered the door of their workplace, there were required to swipe their individual cards at the front, side or back door for entry. These doors were programmed in advance to only open the doors for those who had a specific kinds of card with a special code that identified the individual and their designated work areas. Without this special code in the cards that they swiped, the access to the doors were denied. To run these kinds of physical security systems, the security staff had to run their operations through a separate security system that was designed specifically for unlocking the doors of a building. These physical security systems were based on custom designed or off the shelf software applications. Meaning physical security systems that were used were completely separate from the information security systems that was being utilized for employees to log into their computer networks and the like, especially once they were allowed to get through the doors of their work facility.
Today, the push for both the physical security systems to be combined with information security systems databases have become a primary way of running any business operation effectively and efficiently. This is because many of the physical security systems access are being based off the information security system that is used to identify specific employees for their work areas. With both system designs combined, the exact same identification programming routines are being used so there will be no differences in the data that’s collected, manipulated or utilized for access into any of the company’s property or sensitive information.
In addition to making sure the identification programming rules of these systems are the exact same, the business can also expect to save money. Specifically, because the programs that the developers write can come from one centralized source or organization. So, the company officials can save money by getting their security rules and guidelines from one sources instead of two. This means the company can save additional money when they do not have to hire two different teams of software programmers to launch two different software applications. It is also important to note that the company does not have to pay additional funds for these two different systems to be maintained or enhanced separately.
Information and CCTV and access control combined assists with protecting the building security from hackers
Another great benefit to combining both the information and physical security systems is assisting with protecting the building security from Hackers. In fact, today, its not uncommon in some organizations (i.e. government agencies and large corporations) for a physical security systems in a building to be compromised by hackers. For instance, in these cases, the organizations may find that they are leaving their CCTV and access controls in the hands of intruders who have the intent to do some type of harm to a business or a government agency. Also, it does not matter if this breach in security will lead to damage or harm to the assets in the building or gain access into secure sensitive data from the computer and networks on the property, the potential for someone hacking in can be reduced when the information systems add an additional level to physical security. For example, when an employee leaves a company or a government agency because they have been fired, there is usually a delay in this information getting to the appropriate areas including those who responsible for securing the physical security of the building. With this delay, there is the potential of an individual getting back on the property and causing unnecessary damage. This is normally because the two different systems (information security system and physical security systems do not not communicate. On the other hand, if both systems are connected (i.e. information systems and physical systems), as soon as the employee has been let go, they will not be able to gain access to their computers again nor have access to the building in order to get back in. Meaning everything has to be done is completed at the same time and there are no gaps left open that can compromise the security of the business or the data that the company houses inside any area.
As stated previously, it is getting more and more difficult to keep up with all of the latest changes and in advancements in technology. However, it is important that businesses owners all over the globe are aware of the impact that new systems changes are having on both physical security and information systems today. More importantly, business owners must understand how the positive impact that information systems can have on physical security systems when they are combined. As a one stop shop centralized database that houses information that both sectors need, the company or organization can benefit greatly in a number of different ways including having the ability to run both systems jointly, saving money and ensuring that information collected and used is done simultaneously.