How Does Physical Security Lead To Better Cybersecurity?
June 24, 2015
By Entrust Datacard
There's no denying the importance of cybersecurity for businesses. These days, cyberattacks pose a threat to every type of organization out there, and many enterprises are doing everything they can to up the ante as far as cyber defense is concerned.
But even with more vigilance on the part of organizations, issues are still arising that prevent enterprises from reaching the level of security they need to keep attackers at bay. One concern, for instance, is the problematic gap between company executives - i.e. the people charged with making cybersecurity decisions - and IT staffers, whose job it is to carry out whatever decisions are made on the administrative level.
Then there's another gap that exists, this one between IT workers and general employees. At many organizations, IT staffers do their job in a relatively siloed manner, leading the broader staff base to not be kept abreast of cybersecurity developments within the company. As a result, employees don't have the general computing security knowledge they need to practice safe company computing, and are therefore more likely to do things like accidentally upload a malicious strain onto the organizational network. After all, if employees don't know the warning signs in terms of malicious strains, how can they be expected to keep them out?
But there's a third concerning gap that also requires attention - that of the space between cyber and physical security. Simply put, there should be no gap between the two, and yet too many businesses out there view them as separate things. In fact, cyber and physical security are very much connected, and a business looking to roll out a top-tier cybersecurity plan will realize that it encompasses the physical protection as well. Here are some of the ways physical security leads to better cybersecurity:
Physical security helps inform cybersecurity: Physical security is something that's more intuitive to us than cybersecurity. After all, every one of us locks our doors when leaving the house in the morning, but far fewer properly lock out computers against intruders. Yet cybersecurity, in terms of how it's designed, is largely influenced by physical security. Therefore, being informed about - and up-to-date on - physical security transfers over to the cyber realm.
Physical security compromises threaten cybersecurity: Let's say an enterprise's physical office isn't defended to the same standard as its virtual walls. This can create a big problem if an unauthorized individual gains access to the building. In this scenario, the imposter could then use his or her physical access to launch an attack on the company's virtual system. In a time of increasingly brazen hacker attacks, this is not an implausible situation, and it's one that calls for more proactive defense on the part of businesses.
Entrust: A Seamless Meeting of Physical and Logical
A high level of enterprise security means both physical and logical protection. Fortunately for organizations, this is something that Entrust offers in a seamlessly integrated package. Entrust IdentityGuard functions as a total convergence package, bringing together physical and logical access on one software platform. This creates a consolidated security system perfect for easier management.
With an Entrust solution in place, companies can take advantage of the combined physical/logical access to ensure, for instance, that only authorized individuals are permitted access to the physical office. This is accomplished through tools like smartcards or mobile credentials - solutions with a cyber element that influence the physical.