The world of security has always shifted and changed, but in our modern world – thanks in large part to major technological advances – the security world has shifted and changed far faster and far more frequently than at any other point in human history.
Today it’s possible to pull crystal-clear video surveillance footage, to leverage security data in ways police departments and investigators never could have in the past, and to quickly catch intruders after the fact – but maybe even more importantly stop them from committing crimes to begin with – and that’s all thanks to new integrated systems designed to provide you with a rock solid security solution.
Integrated systems, systems that pull from a variety of different components to create a true “force field” of protection, aren’t new by any stretch of the imagination. At the same time, they are definitely easier to implement today than they ever used to be in the past – and a lot of that is thanks to the engineering and design going on behind the scenes of all the different security solutions being produced today.
Sure, there are still some advantages to standalone “silo” security solutions that operate individually from every other aspect of the security system – with the biggest advantage being the ease of maintenance and review – but more and more people, businesses, and organizations are taking advantage of integrated systems than ever before and it’s easy to see why.
When your entire security solution begins to pull together in the same direction, actively scanning for threats, preventing threats, and collecting necessary information to detect the criminals and identify the individuals breaching your security, everything works in a seamless fashion to give you that perfect layer of protection you’re after – the kind of security that you deserve.
Of course, combining all of these different technologies together into a truly integrated system still isn’t quite as seamless as “plug and play” technology is these days, and you’ll need to navigate some issues along the way to creating a truly integrated system. But the payoff is almost always worth the extra time, research, and labor necessary to create the system in the first place.
The possibilities are truly endless
The most impressive thing about integrated security systems today is that we have only barely begun to scratch the surface of what they represent, what they have to offer, and what they can actually become in the future.
The technology in general is still incredibly young, but even still we have already created amazingly advanced systems that work well with one another and piggyback off of individual resources. For example, a simple and straightforward integrated system includes motion detecting security camera features that power on and record data only when motion is picked up, and when motion is picked up in the cameras begin to roll the security system inside is armed, primed, and ready to contact the emergency authorities should there be a breach.
Not only that, but if there is a breach the alarm will sound and the information collected by the motion detecting cameras will be fired over to the emergency services and the local police department along with the alarm. This provides police with critical data about the potential threat but also makes investigating the criminals and the crime in general a lot more simple and straightforward, too.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!
We’re also starting to see security solutions, integrated security solutions, that “talk” with key employees, the security department, and the emergency services. A home integrated security solution, for example, might send a text message to the homeowner if they aren’t at home whenever the alarm trips while providing them with a link to an active feed of their security cameras so that they can determine whether or not the threat is legitimate and how to best proceed from there.
More and more integrated security solutions are reinventing themselves and adding new components to them on a regular basis. Security minded professionals are finding new ways to integrate different systems with one another, creating security workflows and almost impenetrable “bubbles” of defense for residential and commercial buildings and property.
Integrated security solutions are also being implemented in hardware options that have little to do with security in general. Businesses, for example, are making sure that their data servers are attached to security key cards and key codes that provide only specific individuals with access to the different data servers at any one particular point in time. These data servers will only “wake up” when the right security card has been presented, and individuals will have to use the same card or a similar card to gain access to the data server room in the first place.
All of these solutions are being set up to provide multiple layers of security. As you are no doubt aware, ANY security system and ANY security platform is only as strong as its weakest link. Businesses and organizations in particular are getting very, very serious about building multiple layers of security around their most sensitive data, their most sensitive areas, and their most sensitive resources – not only because multiple layers provide for extra safety and peace of mind, but because it takes a lot longer to breach multiple layers of security and when they are all integrated with one another the chances of stopping in attack before it’s too late go up exponentially.
Analytics plays a big role in integrated security systems, too
Obviously, even the best security system is going to have at least a handful of flaws and there’s always the potential for a breach to occur no matter what.
This is why so many integrated systems are being designed with data analytics built right in, a kind of redundancy platform that is going to collect as much information about the breach as humanly possible to make sure that investigators and authorities are able to get as clear a picture about the breach as they can to move forward with the investigation at the speed of light.
If a breach occurs, it’s of the utmost importance that you find those responsible for the breach as quickly as possible before they have a chance to cover their tracks and increase the difficulty of finding them later down the line. With analytics built right into the security data that your integrated system collects analysts and investigators will have a much more complete picture of how the breach unfolded, and from there it’s going to make things a lot easier from a purely investigative standpoint.
Management can become an issue
Anytime you add complexity to a security system your management needs are going to go up considerably, which is why so much of the integrated security system industry is focusing on reducing complexity without reducing maximum effectiveness or capabilities.
A lot of the platforms that are being introduced today are acting as “central hubs” that can have a variety of different security solutions plugged in, acting as a single source base of operations for your security that you maintain while all of the different security solutions do the “heavy lifting”.
This is probably the way to go for those that are serious about streamlining the maintenance of their system, though it’s definitely going to be a more expensive path to take. Data management is a significant focus of integrated security systems today, and it’s not only going to require a central hub for all of your information to be collected but it’s also going to require software that allows this information to be pulled up, analyzed, and used effectively and quickly as well.
Moving towards integration
Right now, the fastest path to move towards integration is to begin combining all of the different security features and tools that you already have the place with one another before you go out and start adding different components into the mix.
It’s likely that you’ll have to add different layers of security later down the line, and it’s likely that you may have to upgrade security solutions to make them fit with more modern tools, but for the most part you should be able to find a way to integrate everything you already have into the tools that you are looking to implement later down the line.
Security consultants should be interviewed to help you create as integrated a system as possible. This is definitely something that you want to think about, something that you’ll want to plan, and something that you’ll want to really focus on getting done the right way the first time out. We are, after all, talking about security here – and you don’t want to leave any gaps in your defenses just because of an oversight.