Just about everyone implements some form of cloud technology in their daily personal or professional lives. However, many people remain concerned about whether cloud-based systems are truly secure.
People’s doubts can stop organizations from exploring their full range of options when it comes to choosing a new physical security management system. This article will make an argument for why those doubts are unfounded.
The Importance of Having the Right Security Software
Having the right security software in place is a must for any organization. Many companies are still relying on legacy surveillance and access control systems that don’t offer the level of monitoring and data analysis made possible by today’s more advanced software, though.
Unfortunately, continuing to rely on legacy software and hardware doesn’t just make the physical security team’s jobs more difficult. Working with the wrong software vendor can also create an easy entry point for opportunistic cybercriminals, and in today’s world, that’s just as much of a threat to a company’s core functions and reputation as a break-in.
An effective security software platform will offer personnel access to all of the building’s most advanced systems from one dashboard. The ability to access all kinds of data, from surveillance videos to access logs, from the same place helps to reduce the chances that anything important will be missed. Plus, modern, unified security systems offer the added benefit of artificially intelligent data processing.
Cloud-Based Systems Improve Physical and Cybersecurity
While some people still believe that cloud-based systems are less secure than maintaining on-site servers, nothing could be further from the truth. The right cloud-based security system will make it easier for physical personnel to do their jobs while simultaneously reducing opportunities for cybercriminals to infiltrate the company’s networks.
Cloud-based software systems offer multiple levels of protection. They typically require multi-factor authentication to prevent unauthorized access to the system and protect data both at rest and in transit through the use of advanced encryption standards. Cloud-based software companies maintain highly secure databases, plus redundant data storage.
Signs It’s Time to Make the Switch
Business owners and stakeholders at larger companies are often hesitant to make the switch to new, cloud-based security systems because they believe the pieced-together approaches already in place should be sufficient. Just believing this to be true doesn’t mean that it is, though.
Older, legacy components integrated into modern systems create opportunities for cybercriminals. They tend to lack the kinds of robust measures required to keep up with today’s more complex cybersecurity landscape and advanced criminals. Security systems are only as secure as their weakest points, which means businesses still relying on legacy equipment need to make the switch.
Companies should also consider switching to a unified, cloud-based system if they are having trouble training security officers. Many software providers claim that their systems can be integrated with those of other industry players, but in reality, that’s rarely enough. Integrated software still requires learning multiple systems and accessing information via more than one dashboard. A unified system is much easier to learn.
Start Investigating Options
Businesses that are ready to make the switch to cloud-based software solutions should take the time to vet vendors carefully and explore their options fully. There are plenty of software providers, but few provide truly comprehensive physical security solutions.