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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Educate staff to follow protocol for dealing with guests. People are usually friendly and want to help. Teaching employees – including guards -- to keep a healthy skepticism, follow proper procedure, and not give out too much information can reduce the chance of your own workers being used against you. Ensure IDs are checked and pre-planned visits are made known, and have processes for dealing with unexpected visitors. Ensure that visitors aren’t left alone in sensitive areas. “Educating your employees is always a good idea to ensure they don't feel afraid to challenge somebody that is not wearing a badge,” says TrustedSec’s Kennedy. “As is communicating to employees to remove their badge to their pocket when they're going out of the building [to prevent cloning or copying].”

Test your capabilities and processes. Run simulations; try to gain access to your own facilities. In the same way companies will often send out fake phishing emails as test of workers' attention to detail, see if your workers give out information over the phone or let unverified guests in.

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