Social and economic realities are transforming security requirements around the globe, and nowhere is that trend more apparent than among global enterprises. With locations all over the world, these organizations are challenged by the need to operate in a wide variety of local business environments while also maintaining consistency and high standards throughout the organization.
Challenges include rising cybercrime, threats of terrorism and economic uncertainty — which all place new strains on businesses. Addressing these challenges is fundamental to successful operations in the global marketplace, and the short-term profitability and long-term success of the business depends on solid process and systems that operate globally. Impacted in particular is security, which is tasked with managing risks and protecting the enterprise both as a whole and at every location throughout the world.
Given the shifting global uncertainty and evolving threats to businesses on multiple fronts, it is more important than ever for security executives to address their risks in greater detail to ensure they protect their people, infrastructure and assets to the utmost level. Counterbalancing these perpetual and evolving challenges is the availability of new technologies that can equip global enterprises with the necessary tools to increase security and manage their risks more effectively. Greater connectivity can help, as can standardization of security equipment and installations globally to provide consistency and improve operational efficiencies.
As the risk landscape evolves, security directors must innovate and adapt. At the heart of meeting the new demands is the need to leverage security systems to deliver business insights, achieve regulatory compliance, and protect against both internal and external threats. Here are several ways that technology is contributing to help security executives meet enterprise needs on a global scale:
Standardization. More and more business leaders are standardizing their systems and platforms across their global infrastructures and security platforms, following a converged model. Access control systems were the first to be streamlined in this way, and now video surveillance systems and other technologies are also being standardized. The combination of multiple systems into one platform is driven by networked-enabled technology. Benefits include more efficient operations and interoperability among multiple systems; however, ultimately, it is the cost savings through lower security software, hardware and operational costs that attracts most business leaders.
Connectivity. Standalone systems cannot exchange information and communicate with each other, which is inefficient and limits a global organization’s ability to manage risk and ensure compliance. Greater connectivity, driven largely by IP technology, is making interoperable, integrated systems the norm. Our increasingly networked and connected world provides new channels for security leaders to communicate a multitude of security information more easily. Greater connectivity also simplifies operation of systems globally.
Cohesion. To be truly effective, security systems should work together as an integrated solution. Optimally, an organization’s variety of security devices and business systems are integrated to a single interface using systems such as physical security information management (PSIM) platforms or unified security management appliances. The resulting, more cohesive platform can provide new levels of corporate-wide business intelligence — both related to security matters and to more general operational concerns. Data aligned with security and risk management goals is an important facet of any global operation, so tracking and addressing risk issues, in the broader context of overall business continuity and enterprise operations, is critical.