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Traditionally, physical security has been about safeguarding the building and property while cybersecurity is about protecting data, systems, and networks. As the World we live in becomes increasingly more digitized, physical security and cybersecurity have become even more closely intertwined. A digital camera system can be a powerful tool for both physical security and cybersecurity now that all our data lives in the cloud. Here are some ways to build a complete security system that includes both physical cameras and cyber protection for your business.

Physical vs. cybersecurity

Physical security, while viewed as the first line of defense for many in the protection of people, corporate assets, information, products and property from physical danger, theft and security breaches, is also one of the final frontiers in the security realm that is ripe for disruption.

The challenge is to look at the legacy physical devices through a different lens that incorporates the advances in technology and combines it with the always maturing cyber and network security practices. Companies who do this will be able to see a return on investment (ROI) by reducing the time it takes to investigate security incidents and thus reducing the total cost of investigation. The ability to have intelligent devices that can share and correlate information with the security incident event manager in a single dashboard will reduce time to resolution and aid in incident investigation. The increasing penetration of IoT devices coupled with the deep learning capabilities of AI will produce a unified approach to security from the parking lot to the desktop.

Physical security has embraced APIs, and this is good for the security team. The days of writing SQL scripts to pull data are gone and so are the countless manual hours spent combing through documents as you attempt to triage an event to create a timeline. Now, APIs can pull data in minutes across all products to provide flexibility for both in-house teams and commercial off the shelf (COTS) products.

Security cameras are becoming increasingly prevalent in every industry with companies of all sizes, in all sectors, deploying cameras to achieve greater visibility and intelligence around their people, processes and technologies. Meanwhile, the pandemic has catapulted industry leaders to make investments in technology around automation and machine learning. 

The digital transformation of physical security

Imagine an intruder detection system that uses a variety of elements like facial recognition, AI scanning and advanced analytics to detect an unauthorized and potentially dangerous individual on campus. 

That system could alert the appropriate security teams, ping first responders, automatically lock fire doors, send out a companywide notice to everyone, and even update digital signage around campus. Not only would this mitigate the damage done by an attacker, but it would also restrict their access considerably. 

Similarly, imagine a corporate mobile app being used in conjunction with smart cameras to identify employees' cars, available parking spaces, and movement while integrated into the access control system. In addition, this app could be used to send notifications to all employees in the event of an emergency or breach.

We can help companies as they begin and enhance their end-to-end security system with devices and software that bridges the physical security tools with cybersecurity tools.

Conclusion: See, try, buy

Customers looking to test and compare technology before purchasing can see our physical surveillance portfolio of products in the WWT Advanced Technology Center (ATC).

See, try and buy allows new and existing customers to experience and learn about these products. The ATC guides users in the most critical pieces of the solution, like in this Meraki Cameras and Sensors Lab.