The symbiosis of digital and physical security

The challenge of modern security reminds one of the 1955 Stargazers hit, "Close the door – they're coming through the window": as soon as you've stopped one weak point, the challenges appear somewhere else, and the challenge is getting bigger all the time. From home automation systems to major data centers, the situation seems to be the same - you must assure digital security to guarantee physical security and the other way around. A clear symbiosis.

Where did your data go?

A civilian employee of a police department disables warehouse security cameras and steals backup tapes putting identity numbers and the direct-deposit information of 80,000 cops at risk; a leading data broker turns off an electronic security tool that exposes the personal information of more than 13,000 people and brings the company a $275, 000 fine from the US Federal Trade Commission. These are not just nightmare scenarios but recent reports of actual crimes and penalties added regularly to an ongoing data breach chronology posted by the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.