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If you’re involved with enterprise security and access control, you tend to view the world a little differently. You enter a space and think, “How could my experience here be improved if I were already known by the space?”
We define “social spaces” as buildings that can interact with us through our mobile devices or wearables and our social identities. Creating such spaces benefits enterprises; a social workplace or retail space results in more convenient and secure identity and access management (IAM) systems.
During last week’s Secured Cities conference in Baltimore, Maryland, our CEO Steve Van Till shared insights into how social identities improve security. He said, “The security industry is wrong. You don’t have to sacrifice security for convenience.” In fact, convenience makes for increased security.
When it comes to enterprise security systems in retail environments, your concerns typically are two-fold. You seek a solution that addresses digital security challenges, i.e., data breaches and hacks.
You also seek physical security solutions. As enterprise owners, your products are just as important as your digital data. You have to protect both in order to guarantee the safety and security of your employees and your property.
In providing those two things, you begin to create an empowered retail experience.
We’re always looking for ways to improve the experience of visiting a space, and that includes coming to a gated entrance and having to use an analog telephone entry system. It’s an inefficient process; more often than not, the two speakers on the line only hear garble. The two people hang up, and the one in the car crosses her fingers and hopes the gate will open. Sometimes it does. Sometimes it doesn’t.
Consumer demand often compels businesses to change. For example, today’s consumers expect to be able to interact with businesses online. That expectation has resulted in companies flocking to social media in an attempt to be where their audience is.
With the emergence of product features designed to offer security integrators the promise of recurring revenue, the physical security industry has seen an uptick in the selling of false “cloud” claims. “Cloud washing” is defined as the purposeful and sometimes deceptive attempt by a vendor to rebrand an old product or service by attaching the buzzword “cloud” to it. Inaccurate cloud claims endanger the safety of our customers and their property. This infographic demonstrates what both end users and integrators should look for when examining a number of these solutions and how to differentiate between true cloud solutions from false cloud solutions.
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.