SOURCE: Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company

January 09, 2008 11:53 ET

Logical / Physical Security Convergence: in the Cards?

Best-in-Class Organizations Integrate IT Security and Physical Security as Part of an Enterprise-Wide View of Risk

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - January 9, 2008) - Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks company (NYSE: HHS), today announced a new research report titled "Logical / Physical Security Convergence: Is it in the Cards?" which reveals Best-in-Class organizations that take a consistent, enterprise-wide view of security risk and governance -- integrating both physical security and IT security -- set themselves up to compete in the global economy with a distinct advantage: not only with an optimized IT infrastructure, but also with better protection for their digital, physical, and human assets.

The benchmark report shows multiple examples of enabling technologies being used by Best-in-Class organizations as part of their logical / physical security convergence initiatives, including smart cards, digital certificates, fingerprint biometrics, enterprise single sign-on, security information and event management, and network-based video analytics. Overall, the Best-in-Class were between 8 to 13 times better than the Industry Average at reducing the number of physical security incidents, the number of IT security incidents, and the number of compliance-related audit failures over the last twelve months.

"Is logical / physical security convergence in the cards? Yes -- literally in some cases, but more generally as a natural extension of taking a strategic, holistic view of security risk," said Derek E. Brink, Vice President and Research Director for Aberdeen Group. "Convergence projects should be given higher priority based on the tangible business benefits identified in this research, which include better security, sustained compliance, faster response times, lower operational costs, and improved collaboration between IT and physical security teams."

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