Genetec Inc., a provider of unified security, public safety, operations, and business intelligence solutions, shared the results of its 2022 State of Physical Security report. Based on insights from over 3,700 physical security leaders worldwide (including end users and systems integrators/installers/providers), the report looks at the security strategies organizations are putting in place to effectively navigate the realities of a changing landscape.
The Future of Security Is Hybrid
Of those surveyed, 54 percent of end users indicated that their organization’s target vision for security deployment is a blend of on-premise and cloud-based solutions. A hybrid approach enables organizations to optimize their existing on-premise investments while leveraging cloud options to save cost, increase security and efficiency, and enable remote access to systems and sensors.
Cybersecurity Concerns Are Rising
The convergence of information technology (IT) and security is inspiring new approaches to implementing and managing a strong cyber security strategy. 64 percent of IT respondents and 54 percent of security respondents indicated that cybersecurity tools are a top focus this year.
Use of Physical Security for Business Operations
The survey showed that almost two thirds (63 percent) of all respondents and 7 in every 10 organizations with over 10,000 employees described physical security and related data as “mission critical.” Over the last few years, physical security has become a strategic asset to cope with a variety of challenges that go beyond just mitigating risk and is now playing a much more significant role in organizations’ digital transformation.
Physical Security Gets Unified
Most respondents (64 percent) reported that they run both video surveillance and access control in their physical security deployments. Of those, 77 percent indicated that their organization had implemented either integration between video surveillance and access control systems from different vendors, or a unified video surveillance and access control solution from one manufacturer.
“Every organization wants to get their hands on the latest technology,” said Pervez Siddiqui, Vice President of offerings and transformation at Genetec. “However, faced with budget constraints, talent shortages, and ever-changing priorities, security leaders are required to do more with less. A unified security platform gives organizations a path to modernize their aging systems while leveraging their existing infrastructure. And they can do this without expensive and complex custom development.”
Genetec surveyed physical security professionals from August 25 to September 21, 2022. Following a review of submissions, 3,711 respondents were included in the sample for analysis. Survey samples were run across all regions including North America, Central America, Caribbean, South America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, East Asia, Southern Asia, South-Eastern Asia, Central Asia, Western Asia, and Australia-New Zealand.
To download a full copy of the report, please go to https://www.genetec.com/a/physical-security-report.