Many have already discussed the increase in cybersecurity incidents during the pandemic. What is often overlooked is the increasing number of breaches against facilities, where physical security plays a critical role.
There are many reasons why there have been an increase in physical security issues, among them are the following:
- Reduced business hours in the workplace
- Focus on remote work operations, including on-premise security
- Shortage of security personnel
- Supply chain problems and increased material costs
As part of the effort to address these shortcomings, in 2022 businesses are looking to adopt or improve investment in remote management, cloud migration for easier access, digital mobile badges, and more comprehensive video surveillance coverage onsite.
1. Remote management
Remote management has become a critical tool in the wake of the pandemic, allowing businesses to keep not only their devices but also their physical spaces more secure even when nobody is there. This will continue to be a trend in 2022, with new tools and technologies being developed to make remote management easier and more efficient while ensuring greater remote or hybrid work efficiency.
Remote access and security management enable both enterprise and smaller organizations stay nimble and flexible, allowing teams to complete their day-to-day tasks without having to be onsite. Features such as remote door unlock and real-time activity reporting are helpful in ensuring efficient remote management
2. Migration from on-premise to cloud-based access control systems benefits
The cloud has become essential for any business due to the variety of capabilities that it offers. In terms of security, having a cloud-based setup offers greater efficiency. For one, a cloud-based system allows administrative and security teams to easily adjust access permissions from anywhere, and even remotely unlock the door for a user if needed. It also enhanced access control technologies that not only makes them compatible with existing security systems but also allow for centralization of access data across locations without having to replace hardware.
3. Shift to digital, mobile badges
With individuals owning at least one mobile device nowadays, a trend that is not definitely going away but may even increase in 2022, it has become easier and more convenient to deploy security measures that are unique to every user. Such measures, exemplified by mobile badges have been around for some time, but the growth of remote work and accessibility in the past couple of years has accelerated the adoption even further. In fact, the continuing evolution of technologies such as NFC, Bluetooth, and WiFi have made mobile badges more capable to do more functions while being more accessible across users and devices. Now, mobile devices can be used to unlock wired and wireless door locks, authenticate and sign important documents, or reserve spaces for meetings or other events.
4. Video surveillance cameras
Video surveillance has become more powerful thanks to video and imaging innovations in recent years alongside other security technologies. With a video camera embedded directly into the door reader alongside powerful hardware and software, security teams can better see the person/s or event/s being recorded. While video-based access control doesn’t replace the need for commercial surveillance cameras, it is a powerful supplementary technology that improves surveillance.
Cloud-based technology comes into play here as well. Surveillance video systems today utilize cloud-based video storage so businesses no longer need to purchase additional equipment as all data is kept on an offsite, managed secure server. They also offer a single dashboard that makes it easier to manage, audit, and respond to security incidents faster and more accurately.
Even as the nature of the workplace has evolved in recent years and continues to do so, security in the physical spaces remains as vital as ever. If anything, the accelerated adoption and continuing developments in technology have made security evolve to meet the demands of today’s environment. Platforms that prioritize flexibility and scalability will enable businesses to adapt to ever-changing environments. And the drive to find new and innovative ways in security management. will define the future of access control throughout 2022 and beyond.