HID Global has announced the importance of physical and IT security teams working together closely. This is in order to develop a comprehensive strategy for combating physical and cyber security threats. As more devices are designed to connect and share information, the security team needs to incorporate the IT team in their proposal, design, implementation discussions and decisions.
Security cameras, for example, fall under the domain of the security team, but IoT is connecting these with other devices that might not have been considered. Having security devices connected to other systems and networks can deliver significant value, but with that comes broader public exposure and increased risk.
Chip Epps, vice president of product marketing solutions for IAM solutions with HID Global, stated, ‘Collaboration isn’t a one-way street. If the IT team hasn’t included the physical security team into their cyber-assessments and incident response processes, the business suffers. Every member of the physical security team should know what and where the critical technology resources are, and should have been deeply involved in the planning to protect those assets.’
By ensuring teamwork between the physical and IT security teams, the overall security of a site is enhanced, leading to both customer and employee satisfaction.