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EMEA security survey highlights integration

by Brian Sims

VidSys, a provider of Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) software, has announced the findings from its second annual EMEA Security Survey. The sample included senior-level IT and physical security professionals from public sector, corporate enterprise and national government organisations, and revealed a focus on integration technologies and tools that facilitate improved collaboration and information sharing. The results highlighted that organisations see the importance of implementing standard operating procedures (SOPs), and are focusing on risk assessment as a key tool in prioritising security spending. Survey findings indicate that financial challenges continue to be the biggest obstacle to more rapid deployment of security solutions for some organisations. More than 35 per cent of respondents reported that they use security devices and systems from six to ten manufacturers, with many describing their security environment as being composed of multiple technologies that are individually managed through multiple, distributed locations. Over 50 per cent of those surveyed rank the deployment of integration technologies as one of the top three items they plan to implement to improve their operations in the next 12-18 months, while 80 per cent of respondents rank the ability to leverage both physical and IT security together to identify, manage and resolve security situations as ‘important’ or ‘extremely important’. When asked to identify the areas of biggest concern to their organisation’s current situation management operations, 50 per cent of respondents named risk management. In addition, 71 per cent specifically noted plans to invest in risk management technologies in the next 12-18 months. Though beginning to show signs of improvement, budgetary concerns continue to hinder organisations in the development of their security environment. Respondents said that insufficient budget is by far the biggest organisational obstacle to moving their security operations forward during the next 12-18 months.

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