Physical Security Trends that are In and Out for 2019

Boon Edam Blog | February 2019

Boon Edam Blog | February 2019

The one thing that is always constant in life is change. The climate of the physical security industry is no different. We asked our USA in-house Security Consultant, Pierre Bourgeix, what he sees as “going out” in 2018 and “ coming in” in 2019 based on his conversations with clients and his close involvement in the industry.

Considerations for your Physical Security Plan

As you start thinking about your 2019 physical security plan, examine whether or not your company is keeping up with the changes. Keep scrolling down to read about each of the trending "outs" and "ins" in more detail:

Going Out

Going In

  • Siloed Security Practices
  • Detection Strategies
  • On-Premise Solutions
  • Video Management Systems (VMS) and DVR
  • Risk
  • Two-Factor Authentication with Pin & Card Swipe
  • Non-Intelligent Sensors
  • Converged Security Practices
  • Proactive Prevention Strategies
  • Cloud Solutions
  • Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning
  • IP Camera Infrastructures
  • Liability
  • Multi-factor Authentication with Biometrics
  • IoT Intelligent Sensor Technology

Security Practices

[OUT] Siloed Security Practices

Most companies have always worked in a siloed environment, making decisions in a bubble without interaction from other business units or specific disciplines such as Information Technology (IT), Operational Technology (OT) and Physical Security (PS).

[IN] Converged Security Practices

As technology becomes more connected by network infrastructure, the domains of IT, OT, and PS can no longer be siloed, and decisions cannot be made in isolation. This practice leads to a more converged decision-making process as well as governance around business processes and security (from cyber to physical).

To learn more about Converged Security Practices, read an article published by

Detection vs Prevention Strategies

[OUT] Detection Strategies

For the past 50 years, the security industry has been in a detection mode, implementing burglar alarms, guard services and video cameras to mitigate infiltration. However, this approach has its weaknesses, as these security measures can be circumvented – guards get distracted, alarms sound only after the intruder is already inside, cameras record the incident as its happening. All of these measures are reactive.

[IN] Proactive Prevention Strategies

With the increase of active shooter events and workplace violence, merely responding to an event is no longer acceptable. As a result, most companies that are dealing with threats and vulnerabilities are looking towards new prevention strategies that prevent an incident from escalating in the first place. These measures include the use of biometrics and multi-factor authentication, as well as a shift from the use of strictly turnstile solutions to security revolving doors and portals. Proactive prevention is necessary for highly compliant environments.

Location of Security Solutions

[OUT] On-Premise Solutions

Most companies manage their physical security on-premises, where a guard or manager is inside the physical building, monitoring cameras, DVR, burglar alarms, guards and access control systems.

[IN] Cloud Security Solutions

There has been a significant increase in cloud-based solutions as part of the security infrastructure. This set-up allows companies to access solutions, such as cloud video and access control, remotely. With the proliferation of IoT (Internet of Things), we also see interconnectivity of devices across national and international companies, allowing them to link and manage devices in an enterprise environment.

Video Management Evolution

[OUT] Video Management Systems (VMS) and DVR

Video has been predominantly used as a forensics tool. Typically, companies link cameras to a VMS and a DVR for security management. This approach has limitations, though – storage, difficult to scale, not easy to detect an event. Sadly, there have been serious events, like theft and safety violations, that were not recognised on video until 30-60 days afterwards. With the birth of more advanced IP cameras, this shift from analogue to more intelligent solutions is a reality.

[IN] Artificial Intelligence (AI), Deep Learning and IP Camera Infrastructure

There has been a significant rise in the use of analytics within the video management industry. The shift from analogue to IP cameras and network cloud-driven infrastructure has given companies the ability to develop unified systems that can pull metadata, stream video, and provide alerts. This development allows deep learning and AI to create metrics and tendencies that are tracked over time. With secured storage and communication, we see a world that is truly connected and secure.

Here is an article from Security Sales & Integration that discusses deep learning and AI in security a little further.

Risk and Liability

[OUT] Risk

The term “risk” is associated with potential loss. And, with the growth of intelligent technology, risk has grown exponentially. However, risk is often pushed aside quite quickly and easily by the C-suite. Why? Because companies think, “It won’t happen to me.” Risk can be pushed away or negotiated.

[IN] Liability

Risk without measurement can and will be denied by the C-suite. However, liability, which is attached to compliance, legal, business ethics and governance is less likely to be pushed away. Metrics defines liability and these facts are absolute. With the use of technology, deep learning, and analytics across IT, OT, Physical Security and IoT, we will see the growth of true results that lead to acceptance by those in decision-making power.


[OUT] Two-Factor Authentication with Pin and Card Swipe

The expansion of technology within the access control industry and the need for true identity verification at the entry has led to the need for validation methods that go beyond the traditional two-factor authentication method with Pin and Swipe. This outdated method also leaves a company open to potential liability connected with compliance.

[IN] Multi-Factor Authentication with Biometrics

The growing trend in the market is to implement a multi-factor authentication identity process with biometric devices. The ability to authorise users based on unique biological traits provides a company with a higher, stronger level of protection against unauthorised entry. And, through the use of this method of access, companies are achieving the goal that ICAM (Identity, Credential and Access Management) sought out to achieve over ten years ago. ICAM provides enterprise-class services that assist in managing digital identities, credentials, and access to systems and applications. Multiple biometric authorisations for entry has been a nice-to-have, but will soon become a need-to-have.

Smart Devices

[OUT] Non-Intelligent Sensors

As the world embraces the growth of Smart Buildings and Smart Cities, we are seeing an increase in the number of devices and sensors that are automating our lives - opening doors and gates, turning on televisions, starting cars, the list goes on. However convenient, these devices are also becoming the vehicle hackers use to breach the network environment of a company. In 2019, we will see the market ask for intelligent and secure sensors and IoT devices.

[IN] IoT Intelligent Sensor Technology

The use of IoT devices will be in the billions by 2020. The key to integrating these into a successful security plan is ensuring communication paths and the infrastructure are protected against threats and vulnerabilities. With more intelligent sensor technology capable of collecting data and providing metrics, we will begin to see an interconnection between the IT, OT and Physical Security environments, as well as stronger physical and cyber controls in place to protect against a potential breach.

To ensure you stay connected to the security industry trends and how they relate to your entrance solution, contact a member of our experienced team of entry experts today.


Written by Pierre Bourgeix

Pierre has over 20 years of solutions selling and consulting experience in the security industry, most recently as the owner of his own consulting company, ESICONVERGENT LLC. Pierre has an MBA in Business Administration from UCLA Anderson School of Management and resides in Cleveland, Ohio.


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