How Security Impacts ROI for Manufacturing Facilities!

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The data breach and security impacts cost rose to never before seen levels in 2021, reaching $4.24 million. Keep reading if you’re looking to maximize ROI for your security investments and keep your manufacturing facility secure.

How can you improve your security strategy to maximize ROI and avoid losses?

This Security impacts guide will discuss the top trends and technologies in the security sphere that can help you modernize your existing security system and reduce vulnerabilities.

How To Secure Your Manufacturing Facility And Improve ROI

Security is essential to keep your manufacturing business profitable, gain the trust of your stakeholders, and avoid losses caused by physical and digital security breaches. Here, we will cover security impacts and the latest security trends and technologies that can help to improve ROI in your manufacturing business and keep your assets safe.

Touchless Access Control For Sensitive Data

In the modern security climate, utilizing different commercial door locks specific to the area that needs to be secured are necessary to keep your manufacturing premises secure from intruders. Manufacturing facilities are susceptible to theft and data breaches. Since your physical and digital assets are housed in your manufacturing facility, you must ensure that only authorized personnel and visitors can gain access.

Touchless access control is a cloud-based solution that helps to keep intruders out of your facility without impacting convenience for your staff. Touchless access control operates using keycards, fobs, and mobile credentials. 

When you use mobile access credentials as digital access keys, your staff can enter the premises with a wave of their hand in front of the access reader. The wave of their hand will trigger remote communication with their mobile device using cellular, BlueTooth, and WiFi communication, ensuring first-time entry. Your staff will not have to withdraw their mobile device from their pockets or bags to enter the building so that traffic will run smoothly into your facility and staff can enter quickly and effortlessly.

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Your system administrators and security staff will also be able to remotely operate door locks and view security data using a mobile application or cloud-based control center. Because this technology is cloud-based, real-time data can be visible from anywhere. This remote capacity allows your staff to permit entry and keep up-to-date with security alerts from anywhere for a faster response.

Converging Cyber And Physical Security

When implementing a cloud-based security system at your manufacturing facility, you must consider cybersecurity. Cloud-based physical security systems host remote capabilities and security data on the cloud and this security information would cause an extreme security breach if intercepted by an unauthorized user or third party. So, to ensure your cloud-based security system is invulnerable to cyber threats, you must consider cyber and physical security as merged concepts.

To do this, you must merge cyber and physical security teams to develop an overarching security strategy that considers both digital and physical security. Keeping both teams separate will have less fluid communication, and they may struggle to determine which security tasks and incidents fall under each team’s domain. 

When your cyber and physical teams are merged, they can plan cybersecurity in line with physical security for a more effective strategy.

Use Cybersecurity Principles In Your Approach To Physical Security

Cybersecurity principles can be helpful in physical security. A zero-trust cybersecurity policy does not assume the trustworthiness of every user on the network. Instead, it only allows users to access daily operation digital resources.

You cannot assume the trustworthiness of every employee, contractor, and visitor that can gain access to the premises. So, the areas within your building housing sensitive data should be restricted. You can eliminate the risk of an internal security breach by installing internal smart door locks to protect server rooms and supply areas.

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Leverage Integrated Data To Automate Security Operations

By integrating security data into your system, you can ensure a faster response to security incidents and enhance the function of your existing security tools. If all information is easily viewed on one user-friendly interface, your security staff can resolve security incidents more efficiently.

For instance, if you integrated video surveillance and access control technology using a video intercom reader, you would be able to verify the identity of users and eliminate the possibility of stolen access credentials being used to enter the building. Video intercom readers come with built-in voice recognition, high-definition video, and access control readers. 

You could integrate facial recognition software with the video feed and access control to automate identity verification procedures. Automation confirms the identity of users with minimal effort from your security staff.

Summary

You must keep your manufacturing facility secure to ensure your business does not suffer losses due to a security breach. A security breach could impact the trust of your stakeholders. Consider these security trends and technologies in line with the vulnerabilities in your existing system to determine whether your business would benefit from an improved, cloud-based, and integrated security system.

Security impacts article and permission to publish here provided by Mike Pedersen. Originally written for Supply Chain Game Changer and published on June 27, 2022.
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