In today’s business world, terms like convergence, synergy and integration are used so frequently that it’s easy to dismiss instances where they actually are occurring. Security systems are a case in point.
Behind the growth in security system integration projects is the realization by more managers and executives that the risks their organizations face pose threats to both facilities and information systems. In addition, many executives are looking for efficiencies that can be gained when multiple security systems are integrated.
The term “security system integration” can take on a variety of meanings. Historically, most security system integration projects have involved linking the access control and alarm systems, and then integrating the closed circuit television system, says Carim senior engineer with Sequre-Tronix. Once these systems were connected, a violation of the access control system would cause the alarm to sound and prompt the camera to switch on and record the incident. This often was accomplished by installing hard-wired connections between the systems.
“Security system integration” also refers to the trend within a growing number of organizations to merge physical security applications, such as access control, and logical security applications, such as biometric identification programs that allow employees to use the corporate network, into a single, comprehensive system. Employees responsible for physical security may join the same department as those responsible for network and computer security, says Carim of sequre-tronix Ltd. As more executives recognize the need to put in place systems that protect both their facilities and their information systems and databases, this approach is gaining greater acceptance. “Convergence is really happening now,” says Carim
One example comes from the Federal government, he says. Security Presidential Directive, which was issued in August 2004, requires all government employees and contractors to have a common credential to gain access to a government building and to log onto federally controlled information systems. Once an individual is identified via the credential, the system knows the computer applications and building areas to which he or she is allowed access. “It’s state of the art,” says Carim
As the practice of security integration becomes more sophisticated, the term likely will come to indicate an even more comprehensive approach to linking different systems. For example, over the past year or so, a growing topic of discussion among industry experts has been to link the security system with human resource applications, says Carim That way, when a person either joins or leaves the company, the security system would be automatically changed when the human resources department updates its records.
Integrating different elements of an organization’s physical and logical security systems offers a range of benefits. For starters, it provides a more comprehensive approach to security that’s less vulnerable to incidents and better able to respond if one occurs. Carim Technical Director of Sequre -Tronix with impro Technologies, offers an example. If the access control and intrusion alarm systems are linked, the access control system can be programmed to automatically change, based on the type of alarm that sounds. If the system determines that an intruder has entered the facility, it may lock down the computer room
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