Changes in the economy have prompted 40% of surveyed business leaders to implement changes in their physical security strategy. With the increasing concern over physical security, using DevOps when planning physical security can help create a security strategy that can overcome modern security challenges.
DevOps can help you create an integrated, user-friendly, and automated security strategy using tools and technologies designed to face the challenges of the modern security climate. Keep reading to learn about the integrations and technologies your DevOps team can implement to enhance your physical security.
What Is DevOps?
The word DevOps is a combination of the word’s development and operations, designed to reflect the combination of the IT operations and application development teams within a business. In a DevOps strategy, there are some critical areas of focus:
- Task automation – DevOps focuses on continuous integration and continuous deployment tools that help to automate tasks throughout the business.
- Systems and tools – DevOps focuses on adopting systems and tools that facilitate real-time monitoring, incident management, and collaboration platforms.
- Cloud-based technologies – microservices, containers, and cloud-based technologies help to support DevOps methodologies.
Using DevOps methodologies, your business can create a more substantial physical security strategy involving integrations, cloud-based technologies, firewall practices and other systems and tools. Physical security can be transformed using collaboration between IT operations and application development teams.
How DevOps can help improve your building’s physical security
DevOps can help your business enforce physical security compliances and set up a physical security system designed to protect physical and digital assets stored within your building.
Your DevOps team can implement building access control to improve the overall physical security of your building. Access control is the foundation of integrated commercial security systems that allow for a more user-friendly experience for security staff and can even benefit your HR team.
Cloud-based access control allows you to control who accesses your building without inconveniencing employees and can be implemented internally in your building to restrict employee access. By limiting the facilities your employees can access, you will be taking the principles of a zero-trust cybersecurity strategy and applying them to your physical security strategy to eliminate the possibility of an internal security breach.
A DevOps strategy can include setting up access control to provide an extra convenient enhancement for your physical security. Access readers can be operated using mobile credentials, eliminating the need for access codes and keycards to be continuously created and updated. This means that onboarding and offboarding procedures will become much easier and more efficient.
BlueTooth readers can communicate with users’ mobile devices to allow for swifter entry without removing their mobile from their pocket or bag.
Your DevOps team can work with your security staff to use access control as the foundation for a series of integrations and enhancements that will bolster your physical security and create a smarter, more streamlined system.
Smart security camera systems
You can integrate security camera systems with access control to provide both sets of data on one user-friendly interface. This element in your DevOps security plan can help to establish a quicker way for your security staff to resolve incidents involving misappropriated access credentials. With both sets of data correlated on one interface, your security team can quickly verify the identity of users operating your access system to ensure that access credentials aren’t misappropriated, causing a security breach.
Your DevOps team might also consider implementing analytics to create a smarter security camera system to prevent security breaches. Usually, video cameras deter crime and provide evidence after the fact rather than preventing a security event. However, with analytics, alerts can be triggered when a security threat is detected on your cameras, allowing your security team to respond quickly. AI and analytics can be used by your DevOps team to optimize your security staff’s time and eliminate the need for them to monitor the camera feed.
Integrations are a large consideration for your DevOps strategy, and you can integrate access control with tools that create more accurate data for your HR and security staff.
Visitor management software can enable visitors to register before entering your building digitally. Managing visitors and having accurate logs of who has accessed the building are huge factors in HR and security operations. Physical sign-in sheets can be inaccurate and difficult to read. Having a digital registration system can ensure that all data is readable and accurate, giving a clear and definite picture of who has entered the building. This will allow for quicker resolution of security incidents and better emergency evacuation procedures, as your security staff will have an accurate register to ensure no visitors are left inside the building.
DevOps will spearhead your business’s operational improvements and technological enhancements. Your DevOps team is an integral part of planning and building security and can help you plan an efficient and cohesive physical security strategy. You should include DevOps in your security considerations to help your business make full use of analytics, integrated technologies, and cloud-based tools in your security strategy.