A new security landscape: cyber-physical threats and beyond

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With the emergence of cybercriminals, security industries are acutely aware that the physical and cyber security sectors must converge. Network-connected hardware must be managed with an understanding of the relationship between physical security and cybersecurity.

How Traka’s asset management builds cyber resilience

With the emergence of cybercriminals, security industries are acutely aware that the physical and cyber security sectors must converge. Network-connected hardware must be managed with an understanding of the relationship between physical security and cybersecurity. There is no better time than now to put safeguards in place to protect physical and cyber assets. It all begins with efficient, stream-lined equipment management.

In this article, we will discuss the emerging landscape of cyber-physical threats and security trends. Additionally, we will show how Traka’s intelligent integrations can help to gain complete visibility over all operations in today’s modern business. 

Modern threats are cyber-physical

Our increasingly digital world means that more of our physical assets are interconnected and available for easy usage. From a user-end standpoint, this is innovative, but from the standpoint of security, it presents a challenge. Organizations must understand that cyber threats also pose physical threats. 

Connected devices such as cameras, sensors and digital door locks present cybercriminals with new points of entry into otherwise protected networks. If any item is hacked, companies could face a cybersecurity breach that extends into every device on their network.

Cybercriminals are looking to catch companies and organizations off guard; so, it is of the utmost importance to accurately assess internal vulnerabilities in security systems. Where do security decision-makers begin? First of all, leaders in these positions must start to consider how to integrate their IT department with their facilities staff.  

Cyber-physical integrations

As cyber security and physical security converge, security administrators must plan out what steps to take to establish a more comprehensive security strategy. Part of this entails nurturing concise communication between the IT department and the facilities staff. These two entities must work together as a unified team to simultaneously address vulnerabilities and counter cyber-physical threats. 

Retailers especially need to ramp-up cyber and physical security. With all of the customer data that they collect and store, they are a prime target for cyberattacks. Some vulnerabilities companies overlook include HVAC, lights, video surveillance, ID cards, biometrics and access control systems. Cybercriminals will exploit these IP-enabled devices to access a company’s network to steal business or customer information.

One way to mitigate cyber and physical security vulnerabilities is with intelligent, efficient physical security. Traka offers industry-leading data security integrations based on the ISO 27001/2013 information security standard. Traka’s software undergoes regular testing and ongoing security development to ensure the integrations are always safe on your network.

Security features

  • Secure web front end (HTTPS)
  • Password and PIN data encryption
  • Secure communication between components
    • Transport Layer security and Message security
  • Support for customer-supplied Web Front End SSL certificates
  • Support for customer-supplied SSL certificates through the product

Testing processes

  • Web Front End and APIs tested to the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) top 10 standards
  • Regular in-house penetration testing using market-leading pen test tools
  • Regular penetration testing by leading enterprise customers

These integrations work as a buffer in tandem with a company’s cyber security to lessen the likelihood of a breach. Companies get more oversight on the usage of their equipment, which in-turn fosters accountability. 

Intelligent integrations for cyber-physical security

Securing assets and keys is a year-round job for Traka’s security integrations. Whether it’s securing retail with intelligent lockers or auditing the usage of fleet vehicles, Traka can customize a security solution for any industry. Talk to our representatives today about your security needs.

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