What the rise in cloud-based technology means for physical security
Cloud-based physical security technology is quickly becoming the favored option for workplace technology over traditional on-premise systems. The main difference with cloud-based technology is that your systems aren’t hosted on a local server. Instead, it’s managed by a third party, and accessible remotely. But how does the cloud factor into your physical security planning, and is it the right fit for your organization?
By migrating physical security components to the cloud, organizations have more flexibility. In terms of physical security, examples of that flexibility include being able to make adjustments to security systems on the fly. Changes to door schedules, access permissions, and credentials are instant with a cloud-based access control system, and the admin doesn’t need to be on the property. This is especially important for multi-site and enterprise organizations, who need to be able to access the physical security controls for every location, without having to travel.
Support for remote access and monitoring
The cloud has also become an indispensable tool for supporting remote work and distributed teams in recent years. When you can’t have every employee onsite at all time, whether due to social distancing or space limitations, remote access to your physical security technology is essential. Let’s look at the scenario of an employee getting locked out. With remote access, you can see that an unlock attempt was made via the access control system, and check whose credentials were used. With video access control or integrated VMS, you can also check video footage to make sure the person is who they say they are. Then, unlock the door remotely, or notify onsite security teams if needed. All on your own device without leaving the house.
Being able to monitor what’s happening across the property, with video surveillance, access activity, and real-time notifications, improves incident response time and increases security without additional investment on your part.
Physical security plans often need to account for future growth and changes in business needs. But it’s nearly impossible to anticipate every possible scenario when setting physical security policies and systems. That’s where the cloud comes into play. On-premise systems are often cumbersome to scale up or back, and limited in the ability to easily or quickly adapt the technology to account for emerging security needs. Cloud-based physical security technology, on the other hand, is inherently easier to scale. Because the entire ecosystem lives in the cloud, all software updates can be done over-the-air, and there aren’t any licensing requirements to worry about if you need to scale the system back.
Improved ROI and future-proofing
All of these benefits of cloud-based technology allow organizations to take a proactive approach to their physical security planning. Rather than waiting for incidents to occur and then reacting, a future-proof system utilized automations, integrations, and data trends to keep organizations ahead of the curve. In short, the cloud allows you to do more with less up-front investment. With SaaS physical security, for example you only pay for what you use, and it’s easy to make adjustments as business needs shift.
The seamless nature of cloud-based integrations is also key for improving security posturing. System administrators have access to more data across connected systems, and therefore a more complete picture of security trends and activity over time. Taking advantage of AI data analytics, building managers can utilize cloud-based technology to future-proof their physical security plans, and create a safer building that’s protected from today’s threats, as well as tomorrow’s security challenges.
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