In today's world of heightened security threats, the Internet of Things (IoT) and the availability of overwhelming amounts of data, comprehensively securing a single small facility is no easy task.
Enterprise organisations tend to face even greater challenges when it comes to safety, as multiple people scattered throughout separate locations aiming to collaboratively respond to situations can easily become complicated.
Individual buildings, divisions and branches of a large and/or global enterprise each possess diverse needs when it comes to streamlining operations and overall security. Almost all organisations are facing the same types of risks, such as cybersecurity breaches, workplace violence and natural disasters, requiring the decision-making process to be efficiently unified across the enterprise.Enterprises must ensure regular software updates and enforce best practices for employees at all sites to keep data safe
Mitigating cybersecurity threat
One of the biggest threats facing enterprise organisations today is cybersecurity. One small mishap or leak can quickly lead to larger complications and even force the entire business to shut down altogether.
This is where strategic decision-making proves to be essential. Involving an IT department in security purchases and system implementations is critical for enterprise organisations to ensure the proposed system meets corporate IT data and security policies, as well as the organisation’s required functional capabilities. Enterprises must also ensure regular software updates and enforce best practices for employees at all sites to keep data safe.
Integrated security for information exchange
Enterprises must similarly address integration. In the past, manufacturers focused on providing products that worked well with other products within their own lines, but the development of open-platform technology has changed the game.
Enterprises demand elevated integration across multiple security applications, event management and human resource systems, and open platforms allow integrators to better tailor a solution in accordance with an end user's needs. In the access control market, this requires manufacturers to provide systems that are easy to administer and manage to allow roles to be quickly and efficiently updated.Using a single, intuitive platform that simplifies operations and streamlines workflows helps to maximise investment
Throughout the entire process, communication is key. Integrating multiple security systems together, such as access control and video, and enabling them to ‘talk’ to one another in an encrypted manner is necessary for the accurate and timely sharing of relevant information and data.
Using a single, intuitive platform that simplifies operations and streamlines workflows helps to maximise investment by allowing enterprises to do more with existing resources, resulting in additional savings.
Incorporating cloud-based solutions
Today’s enterprise organisations are taking a page from the IT playbook and incorporating cloud-based solutions to address physical security challenges—particularly in access control. Although the cloud is one of the most heavily talked about topics in the industry right now, the concept has existed for many years, decades even.
Cloud-based access control technology offers installers and end users simplicity and ease-of-use
As leading technology companies throughout the years began to deliver easy-to-use services, the development of mobile Internet devices soon normalised the idea of the cloud to the wider masses. The adoption of smartphones created the opportunity for physical security manufacturers to enter the world of cloud-based solutions.
Today, the cloud is safer than ever, and provides unparalleled flexibility. Cloud-based access control technology, more specifically, offers installers and end users simplicity and ease-of-use.
The cloud aids simple and quick installations as well as performing maintenance tasks remotely. This deliverance of ultimate control is an important commodity.Business continuity and risk management procedures must be maintained across the enterprise for day-to-day users, employees and visitors.
Cloud security training
Of course, one of the greatest fears surrounding the deployment of cloud systems for companies today is their vulnerability to hackers. But it is important to put those fears into context. All security manufacturers need to make sure their products are tested and bent to the highest standards to defend against vulnerabilities.
While there can never be a 100-percent guarantee that there won’t be an attack, once you test your products to the highest degree and use a solid service provider, the risk to customers is greatly deflated.
Additionally, establishing best practices for employees in how the cloud is used and passwords are stored can be instrumental in keeping the data being collected secure from outside threats and influences.
Collaborating with both the IT and HR departments to develop rules and best practices, as well as effectively communicate these pieces, becomes imperative.
On a regular basis, business continuity and risk management procedures must be maintained across the enterprise for not only day-to-day users of security technology, but also employees and visitors.
In the event of a security incident or emergency, businesses must ensure that all members of the organisation are properly trained and prepared to execute a cohesive and up-to-date response plan.