When Was The Last Time You Thought About Physical Security For Your Organization?

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At its core, physical security is about keeping your facility, people, and assets safe from real world threats. Most organizations acknowledge the need for some physical security, but few take a proactive approach. Unfortunately, changes to an organization’s physical security are usually a reactive response to an incident that has already occurred. 

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Typically, physical security is divided into two areas: access control and surveillance. Historically these two areas have worked together to serve a common purpose but were segmented by different systems. 

Access Control

Access control encompasses a number of things including doors, windows, fences, and gates to name a few. Depending on the nature of your business you may employ one or all of these in your current physical security plan. 

Many organizations have also evolved beyond traditional locks/keys and now also use electronic locks and/or NFC or RFID readers. Electronic access control solutions are certainly better than a lock/key however they are still susceptible to unauthorized access. Most industry experts agree that future of access control is found in biometric security.

Regardless of how you elect to provide access control for your facility(s) also providing a means for context is paramount to completing the security picture – this is done via surveillance. 

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Surveillance

Surveillance includes everything from guards, alarms, cameras, and sensors and the logging of the events that occurred. These mechanisms provide the context for access control’s effectiveness. 

For example, let’s say a business uses RFID readers on its doors for building access and one day two employees approach the door at the same time for work. One has their security badge, and the other does not. What typically happens next? 

You guessed it, the employee that has their badge opens the door and they both walk in. This seemingly courteous act is a security violation and is known as “tail-gating”. Without personnel at the door or someone watching a camera feed of that door constantly how would you know two people entered a door on a single badge swipe? 

Thanks to advancement in technology, access control and surveillance can now be joined into a single unified system. Modern hi-resolution security cameras no longer require antiquated and often unreliable DVR/NVR systems to operate. This new generation of cameras simply need an internet connection to work thus making their placement possibilities nearly endless. 

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When it comes to alarms and sensors, a unified solution also offers the most accurate contextual picture of what is actually taking place when an alarm or sensor is triggered.

The game has also changed in serval non-hardware related ways as well. Using powerful artificial intelligence (AI), modern systems can detect things like “tail-gating” and can notify key personnel in real-time. You are also able to leverage sophisticated analytics to create recognition profiles on people and vehicles of interest. 

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If you haven’t reviewed your physical security in a while, now should be the time. Don’t let a preventable incident cause a reactive response to something that could have been addressed proactively. Contact Pollock Company today for a free assessment.

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