Closing the Gap: Why Cybersecurity and Physical Security are Converging

In a physical security crisis, the time delay caused by humans needing to manually pull up the appropriate sensor or camera data, make an accurate decision, and then launch the appropriate response can mean the difference between safety or a major crisis.

Cyber-attacks are also a mounting threat in nearly every industry. The past year alone has seen a major increase in cyber-attacks on government agencies, banks, and other major businesses.

While physical security has existed since time immemorial, the advent of cybersecurity affects the way incidents like shootings and robberies take place; before the advent of video surveillance, places could only be secured by guards and locks. In today’s age, however, it’s no longer uncommon for an intruder to carry out a double-pronged attack that results in physical damage and data loss.

To combat breaches like this, businesses of all kinds need intelligent surveillance solutions that can automatically detect potentially disastrous events and alert them to personnel so the risk of danger is eliminated or significantly minimized.

Taking a proactive approach to cybersecurity mitigates risks, protecting you and your data to keep you safe.

Automatic Tracking

Pelco’s VideoXpert VMS bridges the gap between cyber and physical security by automatically tracking suspicious activity such as a person entering an IT room after hours. The VMS will proactively alert appropriate personnel immediately upon accurately detecting such incidents, which increases the chance that the suspect in question is apprehended and data loss is mitigated. VideoXpert effectively and greatly reduces the time delay that can be caused by operators having to manually pull up the relevant video feed, accurately detect an incident, and launch the appropriate response measures.

Facial Recognition

Before the age of video surveillance, it was particularly challenging for security personnel to accurately confirm the identity of a person walking into a restricted area like a control room in an airport. Now that such areas contain sensitive data, integrations with facial recognition software such as Rec Faces can quickly detect unauthorized persons posing as employees, which can significantly reduce response times and data loss.

This feature can also be particularly useful in healthcare facilities, where patients expect their medical information to be in safe hands. When cyber-attacks occur, it can affect the reputation of such environments, which can lead to liability-related costs and overall revenue loss. Facial recognition technology can help security professionals prevent or reduce the chance of imposters posing as healthcare professionals.  

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