Cybersecurity Concerns Continue to Rise Among Physical Security Professionals

Genetec research shows nearly one-third of end user respondents said their organizations were targeted by cyberthreats.

Cybersecurity Concerns Continue to Rise Among Physical Security Professionals

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MONTRÉAL—As October brings Cybersecurity Awareness Month into the spotlight, new research conducted by unified security, public safety, operations and business intelligence technology provider Genetec Inc., reveals that cybersecurity remains a key concern for physical security experts.

Based on insights from more than 5,500 physical security leaders from around the world, the research shows that, “while organizations are putting in place new processes to protect themselves, the level of concern about potential cyberthreats continues to increase.”

Close to one-third (31%) of end user respondents indicated that their organization was targeted by cyberthreat actors in 2023.

Some sectors were far more affected than others, with 73% of respondents in the intelligence and national security sector and 46% in the banking and finance sector saying they were the victims of cyberattacks, compared to 21% in the retail sector.

Cybersecurity vulnerabilities were identified by 36% of end user respondents as a top challenge facing their organizations in 2023.

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In the healthcare sector, cybersecurity vulnerabilities were identified by a higher percentage of respondents than any other challenge (43%). This is perhaps not surprising, considering the high-profile cyberattacks on healthcare providers in recent years.

Organizations are being more proactive than ever about protecting themselves, with 42% of end user respondents indicating their organizations are deploying cybersecurity-related tools in their physical security environments, compared to 27% last year.

“It is reassuring to see growing awareness of the cybersecurity of physical security systems,” says Mathieu Chevalier, principal security architect at Genetec Inc., in the company announcement.

“As more organizations look to implement enhanced cybersecurity measures, they need to look for manufacturers who are committed to cybersecurity and building tools that help them streamline the maintenance and updates of their systems,” he says.

To help its customers be more cyber resilient, Genetec has developed a cybersecurity checklist.

For more information on cybersecurity best practices, visit the Genetec Trust Center.

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