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.
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.