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Why Physical Security Needs to Be Part of Your HXM Evolution

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a record 4.4 million Americans quit their jobs in September 2021. And while no one determining factor fully explains the “Great Resignation,” economists and psychologists alike suggest that changing attitudes toward the role of work in the human experience – should it come before childcare? Is it worth viral exposure? –  are a key driver.

But even as a push for human-centered approaches to employee experience takes hold in the new era of work, most HR departments are missing the opportunity to enhance safety and productivity for every employee by addressing physical security.

What’s at stake, and what’s to gain? Let’s review.

HXM to the rescue?

As companies vie to fill open positions, Human Resources (HR) departments have reached an inflection point thanks to a renewed focus on human experience management (HXM). HXM focuses on centering people and their experience throughout the career journey while delivering a more individualized employee experience through digital transformation technologies and tools.

Proponents of HXM also acknowledge that HR cannot thrive in its historical silo, instead encouraging collaboration with other departments – as well as incorporating employee input. But amidst all the visionary planning, one key player has yet to enter the chat: physical security.

Streamlining workplace access boosts – and secures – the employee experience

A human-centered experience is a secure one. From a security perspective, you need to make sure the wrong people can’t enter your facilities without locking the right people out. Access management also has an important role to play throughout an employee’s career.

From hire to retire, employees need to move seamlessly between digital and physical workspaces – especially as work schedules become increasingly hybrid.  And their particular access needs shift over time according to new roles with new responsibilities. There’s also the onboarding and offboarding experiences to consider – what impression do you leave with new and retiring employees?

By aligning physical and digital workforce identities, you can automate access policies with one clear (and secure) view of all relevant data. Employees can move through their day, and their career, with less friction – and without compromising your company’s security posture.

… and you need physical security to fully promote health & safety

As a result of the unique challenges brought on by COVID-19, supporting and protecting employees has become a multidimensional task. New company policies and federal regulations require a more dynamic effort between HR, IT and physical security to handle new areas like:

  • Credentialing and workplace access based on vaccination status
  • Managing vaccine and health test-related data
  • Contact tracing

Facility shutdowns and sanitizations All three departments need one view of workplace access based on one workforce identity for each employee – that can then be applied across both digital and physical workspaces.

The right approach to enforcing these policies is also an opportunity for personalization. By automating compliance, employees can remain in control of their individual experience through self-attestation with features like:

  • Wellness surveys
  • Mobile credentials
  • QR codes
  • Self-service kiosks
  • Biometric access
  • And more

Reimagine a secure employee experience with AlertEnterprise

A human-centered employee experience starts with a workplace where everyone feels confident and supported. Physical security will play a crucial role in complying with new COVID-inspired policies, while hybrid work necessitates a more dynamic approach to access management. We can help you elevate the employee experience through a cyber-physical approach to security. Let’s chat about how we can use your existing systems

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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. 

Mark Weatherford

Chief Security Officer
Senior Vice President, Regulated Industries

Mark Weatherford brings years of high-level cyber-physical expertise to AlertEnterprise, 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.

Harsh Chauhan

Chief Technology Officer

As Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of AlertEnterprise, 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 AlertEnterprise, 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.

Ruby Deol

Chief Operations Officer

Ruby Deol oversees all business units at AlertEnterprise. With more than 20 years of experience in global sales and support services, Deol nurtures existing client relationships with a customer-first approach. As AlertEnterprise 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.

Kaval Kaur

CFO and Co-Founder

As Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Co-Founder of AlertEnterprise, 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 AlertEnterprise, 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 AlertEnterprise, Inc. An accomplished engineer by trade, Gill is driving the long-overdue digital transformation of the physical security industry.

Prior to launching AlertEnterprise, 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.