Industrial Security: Fully Integrated Systems Work Best
Many people go to great lengths to implement effective home security solutions. Big corporations with much more valuable information, assets and people to protect than homeowners spare no effort in obtaining the most adequate industrial security systems. But to provide the best protection for large business operations requires fully integrated and comprehensive industrial security systems.
When looking for a security systems provider, it is wise to steer clear of security experts who claim to have all the answers from the start; either they are not being honest with you, or they do not know what they are talking about. Each business enterprise has unique security requirements. Therefore, a truly professional security systems provider would begin with an assessment of your company’s security situation. They would determine the nature and severity of perceived threats before offering solutions designed to neutralize those threats. But in a true industrial setting, anything less than a fully integrated system may not provide enough protection.
Why Do You Need A Fully Integrated Security System?
Industrial complexes involve large areas, sensitive information, large numbers of people and lots of resources. This makes the job of monitoring for security threats very difficult without harnessing the full power of integration and task automation.
Securing large manufacturing complexes, for example, would require equipment to monitor many different types of areas or zones, each having to deal with its own set of threats. There are office spaces, warehouses, manufacturing zones, etc. to deal with. You need to secure the resources and materials stored at warehouses from theft. Offices need proper access control (both physical and data) to protect any office assets and sensitive data from getting into the wrong hands. At manufacturing zones, on the other hand, it is the safety of personnel and equipment which is important.
A security system which integrates physical and data access control, intrusion detection, various types of alarms and video surveillance into one control panel is more effective. It is less vulnerable to incidents, and when incidents still occur, it enables security personnel to provide better response. Integration lets the various sub systems support each other. To illustrate, the access control system can be programmed to go on a lockdown mode when the intrusion detection system reports a security breach. Video cameras and strategically deployed lighting can be directed to activate and track suspects detected by the intrusion system.
One aspect of security that many companies fail to realize is that physical security and data security are tightly interlinked. The best passwords and firewalls in the world cannot prevent the theft of sensitive or valuable data if physical security is so weak that a thief can just walk out with a laptop or computer. This article discusses integrated data security. That situation will give the miscreants all the time in the world to break into stolen hard drives. On the other hand, poor data security can result in sensitive information allowing thieves to physically break into your facility.
To sum up, security requirements of large industrial complexes require reputable security professionals to help design and implement a fully integrated security solution. Anything less is just a waste of time and resources.