There has been globally a more extensive focus on physical security by Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs). Physical security refers to the protection of people, property, and physical assets from the risk of physical actions and events, such as fire, flood, natural disasters, burglary, theft, vandalism, and terrorism. Corporate safekeeping and physical security are critical components enabling organizations to protect their assets, employees, and clients. Corresponding to the findings of the IBM Cost of Data Breach 2020 Report, 10% of all malicious breaches reviewed in the analytical study were caused by a physical security compromise.
As a matter of fact, ensuring physical safety, and endorsing relevant assurances are crucial for maintaining the trust and confidence of stakeholders as well as avoiding legal and financial repercussions.
Nevertheless, the benefits of considering Physical Security are numerous. Physical security related to computer technology should not be perceived as an “out of sight, out of mind” variable. Effective corporate security measures can prevent unauthorized access to confidential information and protect companies against cyber-attacks, fraud, theft, and other criminal activities. With robust security policies and procedures, companies can mitigate potential risks and minimize the impact of cybersecurity breaches. We must not forget that many significant data leaks were the outcome of gaps in physical and infrastructure security.