New research conducted by Genetec reveals that cybersecurity remains a key concern for physical security experts. Based on insights from over 5,500 physical security leaders from around the world, the research shows that while organizations are putting in place new processes to protect themselves, the level of concern about potential cyber threats continues to increase.
Close to a third (31 percent) of end-user respondents indicated that their organization was targeted by cyber threat actors in 2023. Some sectors were far more affected than others. Almost 3 in 4 respondents (73 percent) in the intelligence and national security sector and 46 percent in the banking and finance sector said were the victims of cyber-attacks compared 21 percent in the retail sector.
Cybersecurity vulnerabilities were identified by 36 percent of end-user respondents as a top challenge facing their organizations in 2023. In the healthcare sector, cybersecurity vulnerabilities were identified by a higher percentage of respondents than any other challenge (43 percent). This is perhaps not surprising considering the high-profile cyber-attacks on healthcare providers in recent years.
Organizations are being more proactive than ever with 42 percent of end-user respondents indicating that their organizations are deploying cybersecurity-related tools in their physical security environments. This is a significant increase compared to last year when only 27 percent said they had put in place processes to protect themselves.
“It is reassuring to see growing awareness of the cybersecurity of physical security systems," stated Mathieu Chevalier, principal security architect at Genetec. "As more organizations look to implement enhanced cybersecurity measures, they need to look for manufacturers who are committed to cybersecurity and building tools that help them streamline the maintenance and updates of their systems.”
To view a checklist Genetec developed to help its customers be more cyber resilient, go here.