Managing cloud security takes a holistic approach

A fully integrated plan involving both physical and IT security is critical

When considering your overall security system, it is important to ensure it is fully integrated and working as one cohesive unit. If you have grown your legacy system through piecemeal retrofit projects and aren’t sure if all your departments are aligned, having full service security firm perform an assessment is a prudent move. The greatest security challenge in the new century won’t be figuring out how to stop outside threats, but instead making sure your solutions are cohesive and unified. In reality, the greatest threat often comes from within.

About the Author:

Ray Cavanagh is the vice president of Crescent Guardian, Inc. (, a national security firm with offices in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas and New Orleans. He is also a board member of the ASIS (American Society For Industrial Security) Physical Security Council and also the Physical Security Council For Cloud Computing and holds CVI Certification (Chemical-terrorism Vulnerability Information) from the Department of Homeland Security.

Ray previously has led information sessions at ASIS conferences in Philadelphia and Chicago on The Convergence of Physical and IT Security and was also on an expert panel for the AAPA's 2013 spring seminar on The Role of Technology in Physical Security.