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Why Physical Security Is as Critical as Cybersecurity.


Posted by Jackie Edwards - 15 July, 2021

Data breaches and other cybersecurity incidents grab headlines on an almost daily basis, but the demand for physical security or on-premise security is still required to protect your systems. 

Physical security breaches don't always hit the headlines. When balancing potential security risks against available budget and staff resources, organizations might be inclined to forego premises security measures. However, physical security isn’t just about preventing workplace violence or terrorism. Depending upon your industry, premises security can deliver a number of benefits, including:

  • Reduced liability for personal injury, including the ability to identify fraudulent claims.
  • The ability to deter incidents of theft, vandalism, and fraud.
  • Faster identification and investigation of security incidents.
  • Enhanced productivity through workplace monitoring and access control.
  • Lower insurance rates and reduced insurance claims.
  • Improved regulatory compliance.
  • Faster emergency response.

Specific industry sectors may see other security benefits as well. In K-12 school districts, physical security systems not only help protect students, teachers and staff from harm but allow for greater transparency and accountability. In manufacturing, video surveillance can help ensure business continuity through the monitoring of facilities and equipment for damage or failure.

Modern physical security systems are IP-enabled, meaning they attach to your data network like any other computing device. This makes it possible to remotely monitor and manage all premises security components from a single interface.

Multiple physical security systems can be integrated into a multilayered approach. For example, IP-based cameras can be linked to motion sensors and programmed to activate when a door opens outside of business hours. This eliminates the need to have video surveillance running continuously, and focuses surveillance data on the potential threat.

IP-enabled physical security systems are more flexible and cost-efficient than their legacy counterparts. Video surveillance cameras can be placed almost anywhere and connected to the Wi-Fi network, eliminating the need to run CATV cabling. Today’s digital cameras offer much higher resolution than their analog counterparts, so fewer cameras are required to get adequate coverage.

When physical security systems are attached to the network, the data they collect can be used in a number of ways. Video surveillance data can be downloaded and analyzed to enhance customer service and operational efficiency as well as for investigative and legal purposes. Card reader door locks can provide an audit trail of authorized and unauthorized access attempts for regulatory compliance reporting.


Developing a premises security strategy begins with an assessment of the location to be secured. Walkthrough your facility with an eye toward sensitive areas such as your data center and any “blind spots” that might provide cover for criminal activity. Look at outdoor lighting and landscaping. Do you have company vehicles or external storage facilities that might be attractive to vandals or thieves?

Involve key personnel from throughout your organization in the development of your premise's security plan. Your facilities manager and IT manager should head up the effort, but representatives from operations, safety, legal, and human resources departments may also need to be involved.

With the right team in place, you can begin to determine which technologies are most appropriate for your business. RMM Solutions can help. We have expertise in video surveillance, access control, and other physical security systems, and can help you identify products that will best meet your needs and budget. Give us a call to start the conversation.

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Posted by Jackie Edwards


Topics: Security, Physical Security

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