According to recent statistics, the cloud now hosts around 50% of all company data. This includes both physical and cyber security data.
Are you looking to futureproof your cybersecurity tech stack and stay ahead of the curve for 2023?
Keep reading to learn about how cybersecurity teams are futureproofing their tech stacks for 2023 and what you need to do to protect yourself against the modern threat landscape.
Access Control And Video Security For Sensitive Data
If you’re looking to futureproof your tech stack, you must consider access control and identity verification.
Your buildings are home to server rooms with sensitive data and digital assets. To protect these rooms, you must ensure that an unauthorized user cannot gain entry using stolen credentials.
You can provide identity verification for these areas by integrating access control and video security. If you were to host both systems separately, it would make it difficult to gather data from both platforms and correlate timestamps to verify identity.
With integrated access control and building video security, such as elevator security cameras, access logs and camera feed information are readily accessible on a single interface to verify user identity.
If you wish to automate the identity verification process, you can consider implementing identity verification software with your integrated access control and video system.
Coordinating Cyber And Physical Systems
When you opt for cloud-based security tools, you must stop thinking of cyber and physical security as distinct concepts. Instead, it’s essential to acknowledge the following links between cyber and physical protection:
A cyberattack could grant an unauthorized user access to your security data, allowing them to operate your security tools remotely, resulting in a colossal security breach.
Managing cloud-based physical security data and integrated security tools falls under a cybersecurity team’s jurisdiction.
Physical security systems protect areas that house sensitive cybersecurity data, cyber assets, and company resources.
In line with these links between cyber and physical security, it becomes essential to consider merging cyber and physical security. You can do this using the following strategies:
Integrating cybersecurity software with physical security tools - by implementing cybersecurity software to protect physical security data, you can prevent a security breach that gives an intruder access to server rooms and sensitive company data.
Merging cyber and physical security teams - by operating separately, both security teams will be unable to communicate effectively, creating departmental data silos. By combining both teams, they can collaborate to create a security strategy that can respond to modern security threats that concern both cyber and physical security.
Integrating Cybersecurity Policies Into Physical Security Hardware
Regarding your merged cyber and physical security strategy, it’s essential to acknowledge that zero trust doesn’t just apply to your cybersecurity policy. It can also apply to the way you use your physical security hardware.
Zero trust reduces the impact of security breaches originating from employee accounts and devices by only allowing employees to access the data they need for daily tasks and operations. The trustworthiness of each user and device on the network is not assumed.
Similarly, when it comes to physical security, you cannot assume the trustworthiness of every employee, visitor, contractor, and interviewee simply because they can access the building.
Instead, you can apply zero trust to your physical security strategy, applying internal door locks to protect server rooms, sensitive resources, and company assets. Each user will be given role-based access credentials to move throughout the building.
Automation And Workflows Using Integrated Security Data
Integrating security data in a cloud-based security system allows you to implement automated workflows based on security events. You can incorporate workflow management software with your security system to provide security team members with automated workflows based on your response protocols.
So, if you detect a security threat on your network, your integrated security system will create an automated workflow based on this trigger. The workflow will be based on your response protocols for the specific threat. The system will find an available on-site team member to assign the workflow to.
By automating this process, you can avoid manual data entry processes, which can be time-consuming. By avoiding manual intervention, you can ensure quicker security response - making your team more likely to prevent the threat from evolving.
To upgrade your cybersecurity tech stack in 2023, you need to consider physical and cybersecurity as intrinsically connected. With cloud-based technologies, integration, and automation, you can ensure your cyber and physical security teams are working together. This equips your security team to respond quickly and effectively to the modern security threat climate.