Emerging Trends in Security
The security industry is an innovative industry that is constantly adapting to the current technology developments of the social environment as well as the responses from the economic climate. Mitigating risk consistently remains a top priority for both individuals and organizations, however, threat is the factor that is constantly changing. For instance, the need for cyber security is increasing as more companies make the transition from working in an office to working remotely. This transition has forced businesses to rely on networks and servers to keep sensitive information confidential, as a result the threat of cyber invasions has significantly increased. Physical security still remains high on the priority list of organizations, however, there is just yet another threat that is a product of the constant changes in society. As a result, innovative security solutions will become a more significant part of any organizational planning post pandemic.
Trends can be a product of organizations starting to think beyond the traditional applications of security systems and towards a system that keeps up with our current technology climate.
Notable Technology Trends
Contactless Access Control
Contactless access control is at the forefront of security innovation. With the help of machine learning technology, access control has been taken to a whole other level. While utilizing machine learning technology, access control systems can now identify authorized individuals facial and body features, allowing access to be completely seamless and subtle. Meticulous Research (2021) states that Covid-19 has created a large need for contactless access control biometric solutions due to people being more cautious about what they touch when it comes to accessing buildings.
Mobile Supported Security
Mobile supported security has emerged by making use of smartphones for keys. According to Real Time Networks (2021), there is going to be a noteworthy increase in smartphones and the use of other mobile devices as authentication tokens, making room for an innovative way to use mobile devices. The use of smart phones for access control eliminates the liability and cost from lost keys at the same time as creating an easy way to grant access to authorized individuals by sending them an authentication token.
Cyber security has become an increasing problem since the arrival of the pandemic. In the past year alone, there has been a significant increase in the amount of cyber attacks taking place. According to Forbes (2021), cyber crime is expected to cost the world $10.5 trillion annually by 2025. RiskIQ revealed that every minute, $2,900,000 is lost to cybercrime. Many of these alarming stats can be attributed to 2020’s rapid transition to remote work, which resulted in many companies scrambling to try and find a way to secure their assets while the company’s operations were fully online.
The emerging trends that come out of the security industry can be an accurate reflection of the changes within society, whether it is the emergence of a new threat, organizations attempt at keeping up with the current technology climate, or society’s reaction to a change in the economic or social environment. Contactless access control allows individuals to be granted access without having to physically touch doors or locks, making it pandemic safe. Mobile supported security is a way to utilize our universal and multipurpose smartphones, making multiple uses out of our increasingly dependable devices. The increase in cyber security can be a reflection of organizations transition to the digital world, making it a relatively new but crucial part of the security industry. In conclusion, it is important to take a closer look at what influences a trends in order to understand the current conditions of the industry.
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Source: Meticulous Research. (2021)
Source: RealTimeNetworks, 2021
Source: RiskIQ, 2021