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The Value of Digitalization

The importance of digitalization in physical security

Digitalization has made its way into just about every industry. It has expansive benefits, ranging from automation, real-time data monitoring, and even fraud protection. But one area that is not talked about enough, as it relates to digitalization, is physical security. It is important for organizations to understand the role of digitalization in physical security in order to protect themselves from data breaches or loss of important information.

Reactive physical security versus proactive physical security through digitalization


Many organizations continue to have a reactive physical security approach — addressing an issue only after an incident occurs. This reactive approach usually happens when organizational stakeholder groups operate in silos or when there is infrequent sharing of day-to-day operational information and risks. This short-sighted approach limits collaboration and integration.

A proactive physical security program requires the use of digitalization programs and the promotion and collaboration of stakeholder groups. A resilient organization relies on collaboration, information sharing, and the capability to develop event-driven actions such as automated emails and customized alerts that come from the digitalization and integration of various independent systems or operations.


How digitalization can make an impact


Through digitalization and integration of systems, organizations can become more accurate at identifying and remediating risks, responding to incidents quickly, reporting on trends, and reducing costs. Digitalization can provide a single source of information and notify various stakeholder groups of trends, incident actions, etc.

This blogpost is a short summary of a longer in-depth article which you can find here.

If you would like to learn more or have a conversation with our team to discuss physical security and/or digitalization, feel free to reach out to one of our subject matter advisers.