HR and Security: Work Together, Win Together

The HR and physical security industries have reached an inflection point. The COVID-19 pandemic first accelerated digital transformation and security convergence – and it’s only taken off since then. As we continue to navigate more flexible ways of working, corporations have realized that separate silos of operations between physical security, HR and IT simply won’t cut it any longer. 

So, step into our (digital) office: let’s explore how securing total workforce management helps foster a more productive, streamlined workforce. 

The Days of Working in Silos are Over

When HR and physical security work together, the results are amazing. There’s a newfound focus on health, safety and well-being – a human side that balances people, time and space – with identity and security at the center of it all. Whether they’re full-time employees, part-timers or external workers, the entire workforce feels engaged and in partnership with their employer. And thanks to platforms like Guardian by Alert Enterprise, all the right mechanisms are in place to make it happen. (Learn more about safer hire-to-retire journey here.) 

Securing Digital Transformation

Collaboration between departments, especially HR, has always been a goal but rarely achieved. The move to the cloud and common operating platforms as part of the digital transformation has made it far easier to integrate security, HR and facilities technologies. (Read more about the digital transformation here.)

Shift Happens 

HR is at the center of this much-needed seismic shift in security. It needs to keep people safe, manage work-related incidents and maintain business operations by having the right people at the right place at the right time. Real-time integration with HR software and physical security automates secure onboarding/offboarding, proactively enforces company policies and compliance while dramatically enhancing workforce productivity and experience. (See our integration with SAP SuccessFactors HCM here and SAP Fieldglass here.) 

Today, managing people and the workspace through identity and security has become critical. Enterprises can now focus uniquely on the individual’s identity, characteristics, skills and requirements –and tie it all together in a single, automated process.  

Leveraging Current Technology Investments

The majority, if not all, users already have an HR software system in place. What they may not know is that they can integrate it with their security and physical identity platforms — leveraging their current investment. HR systems readily integrate with Visitor Management platforms and Physical Access Control Systems (PACS) and can extend this connection to improve security and the hire-to-retire journey. Users can migrate simply thanks to Identity Management processes that bridge gaps to incorporate their on-premises access systems. With this approach, the results are a converged solution across the enterprise that effectively interfaces HR, IT, Operational Technology (OT) and physical security. (Learn more about PACS consolidation here.)

Next Steps

It’s no longer a matter of if an organization should digitally transform: it’s come down to how fast they can do it. HR and security collaboration is essential from a business and technology perspective. With it comes a new focus on the individual and their safety at the workplace — creating the human side that perhaps was long missing for some organizations.

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By Willem Ryan
Alert Enterprise, Vice President of Marketing and Communications and originally published on Security Today Magazine

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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 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.

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.

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.

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.