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The next evolutionary stage of the security industry?

What should be the role of the IT industry in relation to the physical security industry?

I don’t think we have
to use IT to force (or nudge) the security industry toward an evolutionary leap. (I’m
thinking of all kinds of “Heroes” analogies here.) 
Instead, I think the
IT industry should do what it does best, namely, take data and turn it into
information, then deliver that information to customers who use it to create

The security industry
is all about security.  IBM, Cisco, HP and the rest should be all about information, and value.  Not

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  1. Aurobindo Sundaram
    November 8, 2007 at 12:41 pm

    The security guys need to stop thinking about security and focusing on value. Security will take care of itself. We hear so much about convergence of physical and logical security (but in reality, a pipe dream so far). Why? Because we security guys are trying to do a forklift technology and process upgrade on physical security. Why not pick smart solutions (e.g. dual use smart cards) for our IT security, then make the business case to replace NEW physical security installations with readers that can work with our standard smart cards? Then, in time, you build standardization, you migrate to buy-once, use-many technology, and you already have all of the logging, monitoring, and reporting tools built in.
    The more we try to shove the “security” angle for convergence, the more resistance we will meet. Incremental change, that’s my motto!
    Just my 2c,

  2. November 13, 2007 at 1:16 pm

    Amen, brother!

  3. November 16, 2007 at 9:51 am

    Interesting post, and interesting first comment.
    Incremental steps are necessary, but I often have the feeling when it comes to convergence that IT has no idea about physical security, and the security guys are scared of IT (both the loss of control and the technology).
    So “convergence” is blocked mostly because of political issues within the end-user’s princedom. I agree with simple steps, such as smart cards (which in Europe are light years ahead of the states in terms of deployment).
    But mostly I believe the break-through will take time for the people to catch up to the real possibilities of convergence. Security, for both good and bad reasons, is filled with Luddites, and IT are a group of early adopters. Its a sea-change which is necessary in the mindset of each which will drive any evolutionary change.

  4. November 17, 2007 at 3:59 pm

    Thank you, Eli. I heartily agree. Please keep the comments coming.

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