What is physical security? How to keep your facilities and devices safe from on-site attackers

Securing premises and devices from physical attacks can be just as challenging as defending against cyber threats. Automation and AI are increasingly used to shore up defenses.

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Physical security definition

Physical security is the protection of people, property, and physical assets from actions and events that could cause damage or loss. Though often overlooked in favor of cybersecurity, physical security is equally important. And, indeed, it has grown into a $30 billion industry. All the firewalls in the world can’t help you if an attacker removes your storage media from the storage room.

The growing sophistication of physical security through technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and the internet of things (IoT) means IT and physical security are becoming more closely connected, and as a result security teams need to be working together to secure both the physical and digital assets.

Why physical security is important

At its core, physical security is about keeping your facilities, people and assets safe from real-world threats. It includes physical deterrence, detection of intruders, and responding to those threats.

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