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HR and Physical Security: The Duo You Didn’t Know You Needed

At the enterprise level, physical security has taken a backseat to growing cybersecurity concerns over the years. However, with new COVID-related initiatives centered on managing workplace access, the physical team has a chance to take a seat at the executive table and make a meaningful impact on digital transformation efforts.

But this isn’t some gladiator battle between the digital and physical sides of security. Health and safety are now everyone’s concern – and teams that work with their HR departments will find a treasure trove of business potential as they tackle new access-related challenges together. Let’s explore.

HR holds some of the most valuable data in your organization

What distinguishes a person off the street from someone who’s allowed in your office? Their employee identity. Those identities typically originate within a company’s human resources (HR) department, which also makes HR the binding thread of people and data at your organization.

What does this have to do with physical security? If you want to gain visibility into workplace access, you need to be linked to that data. More specifically, you need to make sure every digital identity has a matching physical counterpart.

A single source of truth for workforce identities allows you to authorize and audit every type of access at your company. Now you’re positioned to automate the enforcement of changing access and compliance policies. In the event that you need to perform contact tracing, you already have the data you need – and the collaborative atmosphere to act swiftly.

What else can you do with unified workforce identities?

In short, you can solve business challenges. For example, when you automate digital and physical workspace access, you’re helping employees spend less time getting in and out of buildings and chat rooms, opening the door for increased productivity. Also, you may not need as many security resources guarding doors and checking IDs, effectively reducing the overall cost that physical security incurs to your organization.

Let’s imagine that when contract workers badge in and out of your facilities, they’re triggering an automatic log of the exact time they have spent on the premises. You no longer have to process hourly logs submitted by those same workers – and you can ensure that you’re only paying for the exact amount of time they spend on site.

With more precise invoicing for contract employees, how much could your organization save?

What else can you do together?

Turns out, HR and physical security make a pretty dynamic duo with some mutually beneficial opportunities for collaboration that support important top-line initiatives. Why stop there?

Have you considered partnering with HR to…

  • Improve employee satisfaction scores? New hires often complete surveys to help companies measure the employer experience – and how you manage their access from day one plays a part in their responses.
  • Refine the background check process? Yet another key process that ensures safety – which could be optimized and streamlined.
  • Raise customer satisfaction and organizational health ratings? Simplified access, facility monitoring and more satisfied, productive employees create a recipe for an elevated customer experience.

This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship

Getting in sync with HR systems can help you bring measurable progress on your company’s digital transformation goals. And it doesn’t have to be complicated. We can help you use your existing systems and data to create unified workforce identities, gain visibility, automate policy enforcement and more. Because now is a good time to stick together – and convergence can get you there effectively and efficiently.

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David Cassady

Chief Strategy Officer

David Cassady has been selling and leading teams in Silicon Valley for more than 30 years. During that time, he’s led a mix of established software players and startups. Cassady has also been involved with five IPOs — and at least as many acquisitions. 

As Chief Strategy Officer, David leverages his extensive experience helping software businesses drive growth through deep and impactful partnerships with the world’s most successful SaaS providers like ServiceNow, Microsoft and SAP. 

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Mark Weatherford

Chief Security Officer
Senior Vice President, Regulated Industries

Mark Weatherford brings years of high-level cyber-physical expertise to Alert Enterprise, and as Chief Security Officer (CSO), he guides the strategy of data management and protection by advising cyber-physical security policies and procedures within the company. Weatherford also works in liaison with businesses and executive professionals in the cyber and physical security industries to further accelerate security convergence adoption.

Mark has held numerous high-level cyber-centric positions, including Vice President and Chief Security Officer at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), the Department of Homeland Security’s first Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity under the Obama administration, California’s first Chief Security Officer, and the first CISO for the state of Colorado.

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Harsh Chauhan

Chief Technology Officer

As Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Alert Enterprise, Harsh Chauhan is responsible for the company’s engineering technology innovation and solution delivery. A 20-year technology veteran and leader, Chauhan is focused on the growth of the company’s 3D Governance Risk Compliance (GRC) hyperscale cloud platform.

He also continues to develop integrated solutions with leading technology partners like SAP, SAP NS2, and ServiceNow. Before Alert Enterprise, Mr. Chauhan held multiple CTO positions, as well as Product Owner and Head of Development at SAP GRC 10.0, delivering targeted solutions to high-profile SAP clients.

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Ruby Deol

Chief Operations Officer

Ruby Deol oversees all business units at Alert Enterprise. With more than 20 years of experience in global sales and support services, Deol nurtures existing client relationships with a customer-first approach. As Alert Enterprise continues to grow in industry recognition and stature, Deol is charged with developing and implementing methods to meet organization goals and facilitate the company’s ongoing transformation.
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Kaval Kaur

CFO and Co-Founder

As Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Co-Founder of Alert Enterprise, Kaval Kaur leads all finance and administrative back-office operations. Kaur is a member of the national professional organization American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the California State CPA Society.

Prior to joining Alert Enterprise, she was the CFO and Co-Founder of Virsa Systems, a position she held until its acquisition by SAP.

Kaur is a philanthropist at heart, embracing the diversity of the San Francisco Bay area by assisting with and promoting special cultural events. She recently sponsored 2,000 public schools in rural India to advance computer literacy skills for children and is a foster mother to a 10 year old.

Jasvir Gill

Founder and CEO

Leading the charge of digital transformation and security convergence is Jasvir Gill, Founder and CEO of Alert Enterprise, Inc. An accomplished engineer by trade, Gill is driving the long-overdue digital transformation of the physical security industry.

Prior to launching Alert Enterprise, Gill was the founder and CEO of Virsa Systems, where he grew the company into a global leader of application security software. An early pioneer in establishing governance, risk and compliance as a software market segment, he drove exponential growth at Virsa, facilitating its acquisition by SAP in 2006.

In his free time, Jasvir helps drive social and economic empowerment in the community. He’s also a trustee at the American India Foundation.