Delivering cyber-physical security to large organisations

When we talk about convergence, it usually involves us integrating two technologies together to do something technologically new or better than before. But too often we forget to think about convergence of cyber security technology with the wider physical world around us.

As organisations digitise, implementing virtualised networks, cloud-applications and cybersecurity strategies, we’re left wondering if those same organisations consider how their physical security may affect their virtual one.

Organisations may employ an expensive managed services company to watch over their IT estate – or be lucky enough to have their own in-house IT dept controlling everything, but can they ensure that servers are enabled or disabled correctly, unused plugins are switched off, buildings and warehouses are secure, and perimeter electronic security locks are installed so that they can’t be unlocked by an inexpensive, widely available master key?

There has probably never been a better time to bring together the different disparate security silos within large organisations. Our physical world has certainly been overtaken in prominence by the virtual one in the last eighteen months as we’ve increasingly moved out of office environments during a pandemic. But by combining an organisations combined security proposition, it makes it much easier and more secure to have someone to oversee both as a chief security officer (CSO). It also enables organisations to be more resilient and better prepared to identify, prevent, mitigate and respond to threats through more efficient sharing of information.

The physical security organisation provides everything from securing buildings, car parks and other infrastructure assets to issuing ID badges and providing access to company assets and estates. Security cameras generate images that are passed across networks and stored securely in the cloud. Our phone systems are blending with IT as we run VoIP – working as a team, the effort is more cohesive in securing all assets regardless of whether they’re physical or virtual.

Integrated threat management delivers a total understanding of the impact that our interconnected worlds – cyber and physical infrastructures – have on each other. One without the other is a danger to the organisation -the surface area of risks is larger and continuously expanding and people, processes and technology must be considered as part of an overarching strategy to protect the organisation fully.

Telenova has the technical and delivery service portfolio of consultancy and services to deliver a fully converged cyber-physical solution to both small and large organisations. Demand is growing for cyber, network, physical and risk assessments, and security capabilities include professionals with the relevant accreditations across a full spectrum of audit and assessment, ethical hacking, data protection, compliance, NIST framework, risk management, compliance and cyber security.

Since the security operations centre of the future is undoubtedly converged, can you say that you’ve got all bases covered?

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