In the recent past, companies have dealt with cyber and physical security as two separate entities, mostly because the technology that would allow their integration was not yet present. However, today’s digital orientation and emerging technologies — and threats — have highlighted the importance of the convergence of cyber and physical security as a replacement for previously patchworked and individualized systems and components.
For example, most thought leaders and CEOs would agree that cybersecurity is necessary for any system that is connected to the internet. While this arrangement calls to mind desktop computers, laptops, and mobile phones, there are an enormous number of physical things that currently access the internet to function.
In fact, the Internet of Things (IoT) is growing by leaps and bounds, with 30.9 billion devices predicted to be online by 2025. These “things” include cameras, sensors, monitors, and other devices that are currently used in the realm of physical security. Thus, a physical security system must take cybersecurity into account to ensure identification information and other sensitive data is fully protected from access, theft, or loss in the online environment.
How You Can Achieve Convergence Between Cyber and Physical Security
Achieving a harmonious melding of cyber and physical security takes a high level of skill and access to leading-edge technologies. That’s why it is important — critical, even — to look for a third-party partner with a focus on these skills.
A provider should use robust cybersecurity practices in every product, application, and service they deploy. Here’s a quick checklist to help you determine if your chosen provider is on track:
- Are Their Products Secure?
Networks designed to be installed at your site often lack strong security precautions. Ensure your provider can:
- Reduce your attack surface by removing the need for open inbound ports,
- Prevent attacks with remote monitoring and auto-detection,
- Provide secure mobile credentials,
- Offer a device communication security level equal to, or better than, 256-bit AES encryption.
Of course, there are myriad other security protocols that can be deployed alongside these basics, but these protocols should be present at a minimum.
- Do They Deploy Applications and Support Them Securely?
Around the clock monitoring is the gold standard for providing business continuity, managing risks, and providing redundancy. Added to a security model that features multiple layers of protection, 24/7 service provides the support you need for both cyber and physical security elements.
Ensure your provider can:
- Deploy an application in multiple data centers for redundancy,
- Create and maintain an active threat response plan,
- Analyze applications regularly to detect vulnerabilities,
- Use extra security such as two-factor authentication,
- Maintain software and firmware with automatic updates as well as routine checks,
Competent providers will be able to provide these, and other, security provisions to ensure that your entire system, from computers, mobile devices, and cameras to network infrastructure, software, and applications are adequately protected.
- Show Evidence They Manage Their Own Security Well
A strong provider will not only manage your cyber/physical security well — they will be adept at keeping their own business protected and secure. They should be able to provide evidence of third-party audits and tests on their hardware and software as well as other internal processes.
They should also have internal policies that limit employee access to key areas such as server rooms, data centers, and backup storage units.
Perry proTECH — Helping You Manage All Your Security Needs
Security, both physical and cybersecurity, is a critical element for business success in our increasingly digital world. While the world of cyberthreats has been evolving, our team of IT experts has continued to keep pace, expanding our knowledge and technology base to offer our clients the best of both worlds —physical and cybersecurity.
We create smart, cost-effective security platforms that operate by highlighting simplicity and eliminating the burden of management. We emphasize 24/7 remote management with real-time notifications of threats — both physical and online — to keep your entire business well-protected.
Our team can access your current vulnerabilities against your current infrastructure, design a system to target weaknesses and help you achieve business goals, and deploy and maintain your system against emerging threats.
Protect every aspect of your company’s business. Contact a Perry proTECH consultant and learn how our comprehensive cyber and physical security systems can keep your data, your employees, and your premises safe.