Are You Leaving a Security Backdoor Open?

7/1/2022 – A hot topic in security for the last several years has been cybersecurity.  Many organizations are investing thousands or even millions of dollars on technology, tools and training to reduce cyber risk.  However, they may be unknowingly leaving a backdoor wide open – physical security.

Physical security incidents amid the ongoing pandemic are on the rise at companies of all sizes. 28% of businesses surveyed said they saw an increase of physical incidents in 2021. Even though the number of physical incidences is expected to continue to grow, many security leaders have not made the necessary changes to address the risk.

Physical security is a vital part of any security plan and is fundamental to all security efforts–without it, information security, software security, user access security, and network security are considerably more difficult, if not impossible, to initiate, says the National Center for Education and Statistics.

Physical security involves the protection of people, facilities and assets from theft, damage, vandalism and harm and plays a crucial role in any comprehensive security plan. A key component of physical security is keeping unauthorized individuals out.  Equally important is knowing who organizations are allowing in.

Fortior Solutions provides innovative access control solutions including vetting, credentialing, electronic verification of individuals, and lifecycle management to strengthen the tools for those responsible for physical security. Our solutions help organizations reduce risk by quickly identifying who they can trust – preventing unwanted entries and incidents that could compromise the security and safety of their businesses.

Does this mean physical security is more important than cybersecurity? No, it means it is critical for organizations to have a complete security plan, both physical security and cybersecurity. Focusing on one and not the other leaves organizations vulnerable.