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June 20, 2018

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Why cyber security is from Mars and physical security is from Venus

Security convergence is vital to help reduce critical infrastructure vulnerability to attacks, delegates at IFSEC 2018 have been told.

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Jasvir Gill, founder and chief executive of AlertEnterprise, delivered a keynote presentation on why “cyber security is from Mars and physical security is from Venus”.

He explained that exploitation of weaknesses in corporate security is increasingly destructive and frequent, yet too many businesses and organisations still segregate IT and corporate security.

“There’s so much investment in IoT but security is one of the last things that is being addressed,” said Gill. “Most companies today live in silos – they don’t have the big picture.”

He explained that taking a unified approach is therefore essential to bridging the silos – IT and physical security has to work together.

Gill provided case studies on how AlertEnterprise’s software can help to protect critical infrastructure in key sectors, such as utilities, oil and gas, airports, federal agencies, financials, pharmaceuticals and healthcare.

“Non-convergence is a problem across all critical sectors and companies don’t have the luxury to wait,” he said. “Bad guys attack where they see the biggest gap. They won’t wait until you are prepared.”

Gill said businesses must leverage technology and look at examples of best practice from counterparts which have already successfully addressed these challenges.

He also stressed that security convergence requires leadership and political will.

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August 23, 2018 11:47 am

Incredible insights makes you realise how holistic thinking and applying security convergence is critical to bring Cybersecurity and physical security live in organisations !

August 23, 2018 11:53 am

Brilliant insights on Security Convergence and how critical it is for organisations to take a holistic approach to align both the Cybersecurity and physical security strategy to counter the diverse threat vectors , thanks for this Jasvir Gill