Cybersecurity remains top concern worldwide, Genetec reports
October 31, 2022 By SP&T Staff
New research conducted by Genetec indicates that cybersecurity remains a top concern for physical security professionals going into 2023.
Based on insights from over 3,700 physical security leaders from around the world, the report revealed that almost half (49 per cent) of the organizations surveyed had activated an improved cybersecurity strategy this year, and more than a third of all respondents (36 per cent) are looking to invest in cybersecurity-related tools to improve their physical security environment in the next 12 months.
Additionally, more than half of the organizations selected cybersecurity as their main challenge in terms of managing employees and visitor safety. This was particularly evident for organizations with over 100,000 employees, with 62.3 per cent of them indicating that cybersecurity was their top challenge, compared to 52.1 per cent for companies with under 100,000 employees.
Of the many capabilities related to cybersecurity and data protection deployed by physical security teams in the last year, cyber-hardening of physical security hardware and access control management were the most popular, with 40 per cent of respondents implementing new measures targeting those capabilities.
“It’s reassuring to see physical security professionals prioritizing their organization’s cybersecurity posture,” said Mathieu Chevalier, principal security architect at Genetec, in a company statement.
“Businesses will need to put in place cybersecurity best practices and choose technology partners who offer higher levels of automation to stay on top of potential threats. They will also need to scrutinize their entire supply chain and demand continuous verification, rather than just hardening networks and systems.”
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