Future of cybersecurity is hybrid, Genetec’s latest research reveals

Pervez Siddiqui, Vice President of Offerings and Transformation at Genetec

Genetec Inc. (Genetec), a technology provider of unified security, public safety, operations, and business intelligence solutions, shared results of its 2022 State Physical Security report.

What were the findings of Genetec’s research?

Based on insights from over 3,700 physical security leaders worldwide (including end users and systems integrators/installers/providers), the report looks at the security strategies organisations are putting in place to effectively navigate the realities of a changing landscape.

The future of security is hybrid

About 54% of end users indicated that their firm’s target vision for security deployment is a blend of on-premises and cloud-based solutions. A hybrid approach enables organisations to optimise their existing on-premises investments while leveraging cloud options to save cost, increase security and efficiency, and enable remote access to systems and sensors.

Cybersecurity concerns are rising

The convergence of information technology (IT) and security is inspiring new approaches to implementing and managing a strong cyber security strategy. 64% of IT respondents and 54% of security respondents indicated that cybersecurity tools are a top focus this year.

Use of physical security for business operations

The survey showed that almost two thirds (63%) of all respondents and seven in every ten organisations with over 10,000 employees described physical security and related data as “mission-critical”. Over the last few years, physical security has become a strategic asset to cope with a variety of challenges that go beyond just mitigating risk and is now playing a much more significant role in organisations’ digital transformation.

Physical security gets unified

Most respondents (64%) reported that they run both video surveillance and access control in their physical security deployments. Of those, 77% indicated that their firm had implemented either integration between video surveillance and access control systems from different vendors, or a unified video surveillance and access control solution from one manufacturer.

What do the findings mean for global businesses?

“Every firm wants to get their hands on the latest technology. However, faced with budget constraints, talent shortages, and ever-changing priorities, security leaders are required to do more with less,” says Pervez Siddiqui, VP of Offerings and Transformation at Genetec.

“A unified security platform gives firms a path to modernise aging systems while leveraging their infrastructure. They can do this without expensive and complex custom development.”