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Editor Introduction

A sad irony in the physical security industry has been the lax attention paid historically to the cybersecurity elements of our industry’s systems. However, the picture has improved starkly in recent years as manufacturers have stepped up to meet the cybersecurity challenges and awareness of the issue has become much higher. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What’s new in cybersecurity for physical security systems?

There are several new developments in cybersecurity for physical security systems that are worth noting.

One of the key trends is the move towards more integrated and interconnected security systems. This means that not only are physical security systems becoming more sophisticated, but they are also being combined with other technologies such as cloud computing, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.

Another trend is the increased use of encryption and other security measures to protect data and prevent unauthorized access. This is especially important given the growing amount of sensitive data that is being collected by physical security systems.

There is also a greater emphasis on training and educating employees and other stakeholders on best practices for cybersecurity to ensure that they are aware of potential risks and vulnerabilities.

The field of cybersecurity for physical security systems is constantly evolving, and it is important for businesses and organizations to stay up to date with the latest trends and best practices to ensure that their systems are secure and protected from potential threats.

Editor Summary

New concepts such as zero trust are helping to drive new levels of cybersecurity protection for today’s physical security systems. Also promoting more attention to cybersecurity are regulations such as GDPR and certifications such as SOC 2 Type 2.

In addition to the specifics, there is more commitment by manufacturers to do their part for cybersecurity, starting with product design and extending beyond installation in the field. Best of all, there is broadly more awareness among all parties, including integrators and end users, of the eternal challenges of keeping data and systems safe in the physical security world.

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