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Modern security demands can be challenging, as cybercrime has risen by more than 600% since the pandemic. So, how can security data help you fuel your business intelligence to meet the demands of the modern-day security landscape?
Keep reading to find out how to combine physical and digital security to create an air-tight and future-proof security strategy for your business while enhancing business intelligence functions.
Data security is an IT investment for businesses that can help them use cybersecurity to protect their digital assets. Your digital assets can include your brand, intellectual capital, and customer information.
Data security is critical for any business, as if this information isn’t adequately protected, its exposure could cost your company money. The average costs imbued by data security incidents have risen to $4.24 million annually. So, improving your business intelligence in the post-pandemic era is directly linked to improving data security.
Business intelligence is defined as a system of interactive and updated data used to improve and understand business operations. To best leverage security data with business intelligence, you need to ensure that this existing data is properly secured.
The main goal of this section is to provide you with information about the latest future-proof data security methods and how you can implement them into your business’ security strategy to improve your business intelligence.
One of the latest data security challenges is ensuring that the spaces in your buildings are optimized to ensure there is no overcrowding and that there is adequate space for your employees to work. You can manage your office spaces using the following tools:
- Occupancy management: Allows you to view logs of a room’s use to reduce how many people use that space per day and spread out your employees, so they are not sitting too close to one another.
- Smart desk management: This software allows users to view an office floor plan to reserve working space in the office. This software is beneficial for the hybrid work model.
Most people tend to conceive their digital assets as something that needs to be protected by digital security. However, since your commercial office building is home to your digital assets, physical security is equally important. So, how can you use physical security to protect your digital assets?
The answer is simple. You must implement an access control system in your office building that prevents unauthorized users from entering. This applies to people coming inside the building from the street, but it also applies to employees who do not have the clearance to access certain rooms. You can control access by installing cloud-based, commercial electronic door lock systems externally and internally in your office building.
These door locks are activated and opened using digital keys stored on employee mobile devices, meaning that Bluetooth on these devices can be used so that your employees can gain access without even reaching into their pockets. Doors can also be unlocked and locked remotely via a mobile application.
This method of physical security will protect digital assets within your building without inconveniencing your employees, mainly if they are on their feet and regularly moving between rooms in the building.
Merging physical and digital security is becoming an increasingly popular security strategy method. Since cloud-based access systems are not stored on a physical server, they are vulnerable to interception.
To back up your physical security system, you need to use cybersecurity software for support to ensure that your physical security’s cloud-based features and functions are only accessible to you and authorized users.
The benefits of converged security strategies apply to improving your security tools and provide enriched data for business intelligence that allows for optimization and a better understanding of a business’s security operations. There are also many other security benefits of converged security, such as:
- Bolstered protection: By merging physical and digital security, businesses can protect their digital infrastructure by protecting their physical security system, the digital assets housed within their buildings, and making their facility safer for employees and visitors.
- Centralization: By merging digital and physical security, you will take two utterly separate security entities and improve the communication and enrichment of data between them. If your security team can view digital and physical security breakdowns in one place, this will lead to quicker resolutions of security breaches.
- Convergence: Most businesses house their IT and physical security team separately. The merging of your physical and digital security system allows you to merge your teams and improve efficiency. You will also become aware of any opportunities to streamline your staff with the new shared security workload.
Data security is the way to increase business intelligence and provide proper security protection in the modern age. Since cybercrime is on the rise, data security to counteract it should be on the rise also. Your business strategy is integrally linked to your security strategy, and an air-tight security strategy will put your shareholders at ease knowing their information is protected.