In recent years, information technology (IT) departments at end user companies have often been seen as adversaries of traditional security departments – or, at least, as a thorn in their side. One of the issues is territorial: As physical security products have migrated to use of Internet protocols and the network infrastructure, the IT and security departments have clashed – erm… make that interacted – more and more often. New realities such as cybersecurity have made it critical that the two entities work in harmony, and IT professionals often provide useful insights into product selection, among other issues. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What is the influence of the IT department on security purchases at an end user company?
Our market’s recent concerns about cybersecurity seem to ensure an ongoing role of IT departments in the physical security buying process. In fact, cybersecurity worries have further aligned the overall goals of the security and IT departments in the face of a challenging common threat. At the end of the day, security is security, and the IT department’s role to keep its systems and networks safe is in perfect alignment with the security department’s role of protecting facilities and assets. Cooperation is the name of the game, and both the IT and security departments must be on board.