physical security

Physical Security Principles and the Test of Time: A “Forensic Risk Assessment” of Machu Picchu

In the high mists of the Peruvian jungle is an elegant testament to the effectiveness of carefully layered physical security design principles.  It has stood the test of time, the elements, and – most importantly – the Spanish Conquistadores. It is the Incan citadel known as Machu Picchu (translated “old mountain”), located deep in the Cordillera Vilcabamba, on the eastern slopes of the Andes mountains.  A few weeks ago I visited this remote mountaintop location […]

Can’t we all just get along? The divide between Physical Security and IT.

Physical Security and IT…blending the two remains a bit like trying to mix oil and water.  The two liquids will co-exist in the same bottle, but stubbornly resist any kind of merging at the molecular level. Traditional physical security designs and technology have, until recently, traveled parallel paths with traditional logical and information security designs and policies.  Rarely did the two meet; security management administered the physical security sphere of operations, and the IT department […]

Eliminating the Gaps between Physical and Cyber Security

The self-imposed segregation between physical and cyber security professionals creates gaps in protection. Even when the two groups interact, the cultural, educational and experiential divide makes effective communication a challenge. Attackers look for and exploit the gaps in protection this creates, often with devastating impact.  Bridging these differences is one of the keys to achieving an effective protection program. The good news is that the industry increasingly recognizes that when cyber security and physical security […]