Physical Security is the protection of personnel, hardware, software, networks, and data from physical actions and events that cause loss or damage. This would include protection from fire, flood, natural disasters, burglary, theft, vandalism, and terrorism.
Network security is of a major concern of sensitive information with threats that are technical such as hacking, malware, and viruses that can affect a mainframe to steal information. Physical security threats can be overlooked in this technical age. Physical threats affect all parts of an organization from the personnel to the sensitive information that is stored on data servers.
The three types of security controls include Preventative, Detective, and Responsive controls.
Preventative measures include taking precautions to stop an intrusion or damage from occurring.
An example of a preventative security device would include an Access panel by a door that requires a key code or password that will grant access.
This phase will search for abnormal and unusual behavior.
An example of this phase would be Security cameras to see unwanted visitors as they attempt to enter a building or room.
In the third phase, a threat has been detected by the previous phase.
An example of a response would be an automated alarm that sounds off or an automated notification that alerts the police that there is a breach.
Physical security requires elaborate planning of devices and a network to support all the connected sensors and devices. View our Network Integrations HERE to learn more about our ability to build, integrate, and maintain a functioning network.
Physical threats may not be an issue of a burglary but may also include from natural disasters and threats from the weather. Ensuring buildings have measures against threats such as flood waters that could potentially destroy a server room, or a fire suppression system are important systems that can be automated, maintained, and monitored over an integrated network.