In December 2023, organizations navigated the aftermath of pandemic disruptions, facing labor shortages, supply chain issues, and rising threats. Despite these challenges, leaders advanced their risk management plans, preparing for the changing physical security industry in 2024.

1. IT and Physical Security Team Collaboration

The convergence of physical security and IT is speeding up. Organizations are enhancing collaboration between these teams, recognizing the benefits of combining their skills. Strategies include adding IT expertise to physical security departments and bringing physical security under IT oversight. The demand for integrated, cloud-connected physical security solutions is on the rise.

2. Making Physical Security Data Accessible

About 40% of organizations struggle with physical security labor shortages. They’re pushing to make data accessible to non-security staff, using collaborative technologies for secure, limited applications. The goal? To boost workforce capabilities and extend the value of security investments.

3. Modernizing Access Control

Access control modernization is a 2024 priority. Organizations are adopting hybrid-cloud models for ongoing innovation and cybersecurity updates. They’re also seeking open access control solutions and stressing the importance of integrating video and access control for efficiency.

4. Maximizing Hybrid-Cloud Investments

Hybrid-cloud adoption is soaring, with 44% of organizations moving over a quarter of their physical security to the cloud. They aim to optimize cloud spending and explore plug-and-play, cloud-ready appliances, with channel partners playing a key role in maximizing these investments.

5. Building Public Trust in Cities

Cities are investing in technologies like vehicle investigation systems and drones to tackle police staffing issues. They’re also focusing on building public trust and enhancing privacy efforts, adopting Privacy by Design solutions and partnering with trusted vendors.

6. IIoT Growth and Optimized Data Solutions

The use of physical security devices and IIoT sensors is accelerating. Organizations prefer solutions with open architecture and embedded analytics to empower operators and digitize workflows.

7. Government-Approved Solutions

With data breaches costing an average of $4.45 million USD in 2023, organizations are looking to government-approved, compliant security solutions to showcase their cybersecurity commitment and build resilience.

8. Implementing Cyber Defenses

Despite cybersecurity improvements, concerns about cyber threats persist. The focus is on using cybersecurity tools for automation, risk detection, and vulnerability identification, emphasizing the need to continually adapt physical security systems for resilience.

As the physical security landscape evolves, staying ahead is crucial. Contact Maxxess Systems for guidance on navigating these trends and enhancing your security strategy. Our experts are ready to introduce you to innovative solutions that keep you ahead in the industry.