Cybersecurity is important. So important, in fact, that some conversations among security professionals have moved to focus almost entirely on cybersecurity. As important as this may be, it’s also critical that we don’t forget the most basic kind of security: physical. Physical security is made easy with the hundreds of tech solutions out there for creating safer facilities that are less accessible by people who shouldn’t be there. Today, we want to take a look at some of the most common physical security vulnerabilities and explore some ways to address them.
Degrading CCTV Systems
The fact is, any optical security system is a big investment for someone to make. Because of the time, money, and infrastructure needed to install these systems, it’s tempting to stick with the old and leave our legacy systems as-is. However, simple upgrades to more modern systems, or more context-specific systems like driver cameras, can be one of the easiest methods of upgrading our security tech. Investing in intelligent systems that do the bulk of the work for you also makes for an easier, more effective system.
Physically Protecting Data
We tend to think of cybersecurity as being the end-all-be-all method of tackling data protection, but there’s a physical component, too. If your facility has employees with sensitive data on their laptops, it’s important that all of those devices are securely stored. Keeping data centers locked down is also critical, as physical access can actually increase what a perpetrator is capable of by a significant amount. Never forget the importance of the physical aspect that is associated with data protection.
Better Secured Bottlenecks
One of the defining principles of physical security is reducing the flow of foot or vehicle traffic in certain areas to essentially create bottlenecks where security protocols can do their work. This is why something like access control systems make so much sense: they’re able to assess whether or not someone has proper authentication to be in an area without impeding upon the flow of traffic.