A Look Inside The Rising Role Of IT In Physical Access Control: HID Global Report

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Physical Access Control

Adeesh Sharma

Shifting budgets and responsibilities require IT and physical security teams to consider fundamental change in day-to-day operations While physical security professionals have suspected a shift toward increased involvement of the IT department in physical access control, recent research has shown this to be true. A survey conducted by The 05 Group of more than 1,500 IT Managers, Directors and staff, as well as Chief Information and Chief Technology Officers, found that IT departments are now more involved than ever in an organization’s physical access control decisions and implementation.

According to the survey, more than half (55%) of respondents reported IT as primarily responsible or having shared responsibility for access control within their organization. As a result, IT leaders are tasked with spearheading not only the protection of their company’s network- and cybersecurity- related initiatives – but also those set forth by the Physical Security department to protect employees, visitors and assets from internal and external threats. Similarly, the study showed that the IT department will increasingly play a role in physical security to influence technology decisions (76%) through the integration of access control within the ecosystem (72%), by implementing access control technology (59%), and through the management of access control systems (39%).

Along with the added responsibility to help implement security solutions alongside IT-related projects, IT leaders are also increasingly responsible for budgeting decisions within physical security. According to the survey, more than 85% of respondents reported that IT was involved in decisions regarding physical access control technology investments.

“The numbers speak to a trend we’ve seen over the last several years as access control solutions and physical security solutions move from a predominantly siloed approach to a more collaborative method of management,” said Luc Merredew, Product Marketing Director, at HID Global. “Questions of connectivity, cloud-based vs. on-premise hosting, and capital investment vs. operating expense are common in this organizational environment.”

The purpose of the survey was to gain insight into the relationship between an organization’s Physical Security and IT departments, how the two work together and how investments in new technology are made. In this paper, we explore these results and how they can be applied in the increasingly collaborative world of today’s organizations.

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