4 Physical Security Predictions for 2023
The security threats that you and your facility face are constantly changing. This means that your approach to security has to keep evolving as well. We at Delta Scientific keep a constant eye on new threats to physical security in an effort to better serve our customers. Here are some trends that we are currently watching that may be relevant to the security of your facility in the new year.
1. Greater Integration Between Cybersecurity and Physical Security
In the past, cybersecurity and physical security have consisted of two different departments that have had little to do with one another. However, as disruptive forces have increasingly leveraged cyber vulnerabilities to launch attacks on physical security, it has become imperative that the two departments work together.
While the need for a closer relationship between physical security and cybersecurity has been known for some time, the technological advances needed to facilitate such an integration didn’t exist until recently. However, that has changed dramatically over just the past year. Audio analytics, robotics, and complex facial recognition are just a few fields related to security that have seen dramatic improvements in accuracy, speed, and cost over just the past 12 months. These applications make use of advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning.
2. Greater Demand for Cloud-Connected Appliances
With the rise of AI in physical security applications, there is a greater need for Cloud capability. Cloud-based security solutions are designed to operate on public networks and thus have cybersecurity built right in. Older systems may lack strong hardware security or data-secure transmission, thus leaving them open to intrusion by outside forces. With Cloud migration wecoming more prominent, there is a greater demand for Cloud-compatible appliances.
3. Priority Modernizing of Access Control Systems
Access control refers to letting authorized personnel onto the premises and keeping unauthorized personnel out. Different facilities have different needs when it comes to access control, which is why we offer so many different types of barricades, such as bollards to stop vehicles and anti-climb doors to stop trespassers on foot. Access control systems are the electronic systems that automate most of the routine approvals. In part because of the need for and advancements in greater integration between physical security and cybersecurity, many facilities are making upgrading their access control systems a top priority in 2023. Specifically, the goal in many cases is to remove vulnerabilities present in existing systems, from both a physical security and cybersecurity standpoint.
4. Streamlined Security Solutions in Response to Labor Shortages
Many industries experienced human resources challenges over the last year, and physical security teams are no different. To make up for labor shortages without compromising physical security, facilities are increasingly looking for unified security solutions that are more streamlined to enhance efficiency.
In many cases, streamlining tasks involves automating some processes so that the security workforce can concentrate on the tasks that require critical thinking and judgment, i.e., skills that human beings have and computers do not. Examples of components of a physical security system that can be unified for better streamlining include communications technology, automatic license plate recognition, and video surveillance.
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