Locks and keys have come a long way in this digital age. Physical security is changing quickly and beginning to mesh with digital security in many ways. Here are a few of the major ways in which physical security is evolving to incorporate the digital world.
Seeing more with surveillance cameras
Video surveillance equipment has seen massive changes over the years. Cameras have gone from analog and simply recording for viewing to IP cameras connected to computers that can recognize faces and much more. The latest development in video surveillance cameras includes behavior recognition. Additionally, the image quality of HD video cameras has increased significantly with time; the better the picture, the better story your security camera tells.
Building better fences
Physical fences can be a great way to keep intruders out. But what traditional physical fences can’t do is alert security teams if the fence has been breached. Perimeter control has come a long way in the digital age. Microwaves or radio waves can be used at perimeters with systems that send alerts when the lines have been crossed. Security cameras give intel on who or what has breached the area.
Physical security goes mobile
Mobile security used to mean security guards on the move, but these days, many different security systems are linked to mobile devices to allow access to information from wherever security professionals may be. iPhones are even being used for home security. Whether this advancement in physical security is advantageous or not is contestable. With the increasing number of challenges to properly securing mobile devices, linking physical security to a mobile device that can be lost, stolen or compromised might put businesses at even more risk.
As physical security becomes more and more entrenched in the digital world, we will see both advantages in protection and emerging security issues and challenges that must be addressed. Even fingerprint scanning, retina identification and face recognition are susceptible to duplication and allow room for a breach. As technology advances to make detection of risks and breaches easier, security professionals have even more work to do.
What digital advancements to physical security has your organization made in the past five years?