If you’re operating a business, security should be a priority. You must protect your employees, your client data, and your valuable company assets.
So, what are the best ways to reduce security vulnerability and futureproof your security strategy?
Keep reading as we discuss the best tools and strategies to implement in your security strategy to reduce vulnerability and promote a culture of air-tight security within your business.
Cloud-Based Surveillance And Integration
Cloud-based commercial security camera systems are currently dominating the security sphere. Cloud-based security cameras are now a preferable choice in comparison to on-premise systems. They resolve the following vulnerabilities and operational inconveniences in an on-premise security camera system:
- Maintenance – an on-premise system requires maintenance via service engineer visits. With a cloud-based system, your system provider will perform software updates over the air to update and troubleshoot your system.
- Server storage – with on-premise security cameras, you must devote a large amount of space for server storage. Since a cloud-based system allows you to store your data in the cloud, you can reduce your reliance on servers and improve ROI on your commercial property investments.
- Complex wiring systems – since a cloud-based security system operates using wireless communication like Bluetooth and cellular communication, you do not need to connect your surveillance to server rooms using complex wiring infrastructure. This way, you can scale and adopt surveillance more easily.
Above all, the significant benefit of a cloud-based surveillance system is that it allows you to utilize open API integrations to implement software enhancements. A traditional surveillance system is not a security element that helps to prevent crimes on-site and instead serves to document and evidence security breaches.
You can ensure that all security incidents are spotted by applying video analytics software to your cloud-based surveillance system. Your security team will receive mobile alerts that allow them to act quickly and prevent escalation. For instance, your video analytics software can spot guns and weapons on site, notifying your team so that they can immediately respond and prevent the incident from evolving.
Identity Verification And Access Control
Access control is the foundation of building security. It prevents lockpicking by implementing keycards and fobs for users to enter the premises. However, there is one major vulnerability with any door-locking system – the potential for an unauthorized individual to use stolen credentials to gain access to the building.
If this were to occur, there would be no security measures to prevent them from entering the property. To minimize this vulnerability, you can implement identity verification to ensure that a user is authorized to enter the building.
By opting for a cloud-based access control system, you gain access to open API integrations that allow you to integrate access control and video surveillance. By hosting this information in one place, you can qualify for fast identity verification.
Hosting these security elements separately on disparate security platforms would mean that your security staff would have to correlate timestamps from different sources to verify identity. This process would be highly time-consuming and difficult to maintain at scale.
Viewing access logs and video surveillance information on a single interface would allow for rapid identity verification. Additionally, you could automate the identity verification process by applying facial recognition software. The tool would ensure that each user’s identity matches the credentials they use to enter the building without requiring manual intervention.
Adopting cloud-based physical security technologies makes the link between physical and cyber security more transparent. Your cloud-based physical security data and remote management features must be protected from a digital security angle.
Your server rooms and data stored in your office building must be protected by physical security. You must merge your cyber and physical security strategies to ensure your security strategy recognizes this link. Your cybersecurity team will be able to manage your physical security data from a cybersecurity standpoint.
And your physical security team can develop strategies for securing data on-site. Merging both teams will prevent data silos between departments that could lead to defective security response procedures and vulnerabilities. When both teams are coordinated, they can consider security aspects in their response protocols.
Company-Wide Zero Trust
Your business is vulnerable to data breaches caused by external parties, but it is also susceptible to infringements caused by company accounts and internal parties. You should implement company-wide zero trust to minimize your vulnerability to an internally-originated security breach.
Users should gain physical and digital role-based access permissions, meaning they can only access the physical spaces and digital resources they need to perform their daily duties. This way, should their account become breached or their keycard is used for malicious activity, only a limited amount of resources will become vulnerable.
To reduce your exposure to security threats, you must consider the benefits of a cyber-physical security strategy. You can install software integrations that reduce existing vulnerabilities by implementing cloud-based physical security technologies. And by merging cyber and physical security teams, you can cover all of the cybersecurity implications of cloud-based tools and technologies.