Information technology (IT) has always had a close relationship with physical security systems. The latter often protects the former, and the former informs the latter. As the two work together, a better access control system results.
System availability, also known as uptime, is a key consideration when it comes to purchasing Software as a Service (SaaS). That consideration doesn’t lessen when considering a cloud-based security system like our Brivo OnAir solution; rather, the concern probably increases. When dealing with security systems, the issue isn’t only about data. It includes the physical space as well.
With all the focus placed on network security, especially in the wake of high profile hacking scandals, many companies may be tempted to deprioritize physical security. However, it is just as important to maintain good physical access control than ever, and failure to do so could be devastating. Fortunately, a wider range of powerful tools are available to building security personnel than ever before.
If you have ever seen a spy movie, then you’ve probably seen someone pick a lock. It might seem like movie magic, but it’s not terribly far from the truth when you see James Bond open a lock in a matter of seconds, especially in the case of cheap locks.
In the enterprise security world, a general perception exists that convenience is inherently insecure. A new employee? Wonderful! Give them an ID card and a key fob. It’s a less than ideal experience for the employee, and it does nothing to mitigate security concerns. It just makes the experience of entering and exiting a building that much more inconvenient.
According to recent research from IHS Research, a market research firm based in the UK, our market for physical security equipment and services will exceed $61 billion by 2018, increasing from reported revenues of $44.4 billion in 2013. Says David Green, an IHS senior analyst:
Service-based offerings are projected to further emerge as a defining feature of the North American market, their growth powered by manufacturers and service providers looking to bridge the gap between consumer-style business models and professional standard services, video surveillance, and security services.
Steve Van Till, our CEO, points out, “The security industry is about to undergo a historic shift from legacy to cloud applications.”
The question is what’s driving the growth.
“Chatter has become the Salesforce.com crown jewel. It leverages the Salesforce.com cloud without the encumbrances that come with CRM technology designed for the desktop […] With its app platform, independent software developers can access the Salesforce.com ecosystem, and in the process fortify the SaaS giant’s place in the market.”
Alex Williams, a writer at TechCrunch, made that statement last March. His prediction seems to be coming true as evidenced by the panel discussion featuring Brivo Systems, Etherios, and Salesforce at this year’s Dreamforce.
A few decades ago, enterprise security systems were basically limited to ID cards and readers and grainy surveillance footage. The systems often failed; the onsite server would crash, or the video would be damaged. Today’s systems are better, but they fail to improve existing processes if they aren’t integrated with other data sources.
It used to be that buildings were kept under lock and key by security guards and monitored with video cameras. Over the last several years, companies have turned to software solutions to manage physical access control. However, this presents its own challenges. Security software, which can be used to lock or unlock doors or monitor security cameras, needs to be maintained and updated like any other software. This means that if you use a computer program to help you with your security systems, then you are going to have to worry about keeping tabs on all of the updates and latest cyberthreats as they emerge.
Dreamforce is right around the corner! Are you ready?
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During ASIS 2014, our COO John Szczygiel joined Steve Lasky (Cygnus Media Group), Brian McIlravey (PPM), and Doug Lucy (AgilQuest Corporation) to discuss some of the major trends impacting enterprise security: the Internet of Things (IoT), big data, and mobility.