Cloud security benefits for cyber and physical security
One of the best ways to employ a converged security strategy is to adopt a cloud-based solution to manage and maintain both physical and cyber security. Here are the advantages that make cloud-based systems an ideal solution to support physical and cyber security convergence:
Streamlined remote management
In a world where people and businesses are connecting digitally more than ever, organizations are increasingly adopting cloud security systems for their convenience in security management and maintenance. A significant contributing factor to the increased adoption of cloud security is the rise of hybrid and remote work. With more flexibility offered in the workplace, cyber and physical security systems need to provide the same level of versatility without compromising safety. One of the benefits of cloud-based solutions is streamlined, simplified processes with the ability to manage security remotely. Operators are able to grant or revoke access, manage door access control schedules, issue guest access passes, and adjust permissions from anywhere, at any time, and for multiple locations and sites. Cloud-based solutions also allow security teams to observe video footage in real-time, arm or disarm alarm systems, and oversee cyber activities. When it comes to updates, the automatic over-the-air updates in cloud-based systems give users the ability to access the latest technologies without in-person maintenance or disrupting work during business hours to update systems.
Another benefit of cloud-based solutions is the ability to facilitate seamless integration between physical and cyber systems. A cloud-based solution like Openpath utilizes an open architecture to easily integrate physical access controls, video security, cybersecurity systems, and other cloud software into one system to provide a more holistic approach to converged security.
For growing businesses, a cloud-based system’s infinite scalability allows organizations to scale up or back, depending on their needs. New users, locations, and sites can be added to a network with just a few clicks. Where on-premise systems require additional space to house new servers and specific software to be installed on local workstations, cloud-based solutions leverage third-party servers to eliminate this hassle.
As security breaches can occur at any time, security needs to be round-the-clock. Cloud-based solutions make it easier to monitor security 24/7 without having dedicated security personnel present in a physical workstation or working after-hours, cutting the cost of hiring extra security staff while ensuring that every activity is properly observed. When abnormal behavior is detected, cloud security’s real-time reporting alerts security teams to potential threats and allows them to respond quickly – from anywhere. More stringent surveillance can result in fewer false alarms. As organizations are often required to pay a fine when emergency services are dispatched to buildings for false alarms, a cloud system can help businesses further reduce expenses.
Another way cloud-based solutions can help cut costs is by eliminating the need to purchase hardware and software. On-premise systems require heavier upfront costs for servers and customized software and licenses. With cloud systems, servers are maintained by a third-party, so security can be managed from a web browser or a single dashboard, and expenses can be paid out over time with subscription models offered by security as a service and physical security as a service providers.