HR and Security: Work together, win together

The Physical Security industry is at an inflection point. Digital transformation and Security Convergence have accelerated, hastened by the persistent pandemic. Physical Security, HR and IT departments have been forced to work together quickly in designing back-to-work strategies, realizing that separate silos of operations just won’t cut it any longer.

The Human Side of Security

The collaboration of HR and Physical Security teams is leading the way for enterprise response and recovery in a COVID-19 world. Even more importantly—the silver lining—it’s building a stronger sense of trust and support and a positive experience among employees. (Learn more about COVID-19 back-to-work strategies here.)

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 at the center of it all. Workers feel engaged and in partnership with their employer and thanks to Security Convergence, all the right mechanisms are in place to make it happen.  (Learn more about the advantages of Security Convergence 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. They need to keep people safe, manage exposure incidents and maintain business operations by having the right people at the right place at the right time. Security is refocused on Safety and protecting people from doing things that could inadvertently harm themselves and others — again lending to a positive employee experience. Real-time integration with HR software and Physical Security ties it all together seamlessly, proactively enforcing company policy and compliance while dramatically enhancing workforce productivity and experience. (Learn more about integration with SAP SuccessFactors HCM here.)

Managing people and the workspace through Identity has become critical, especially during COVID-19. Now, enterprises can focus uniquely on the individual’s Identity and characteristics, skills and requirements and tie it all together in a single, automated process. We know who is where and when and can automatically and digitally remind workers of policies while proactively enforcing safe behavior. We can correlate and provide data essential to daily activities and reentering the workplace, choregraphing the use of a space in this new normal with sophistication and ease.

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 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. Fact is, companies who made the move to digitally integrated processes prior to COVID-19 and were already heading down the path of convergence have actually fared better than those who weren’t and are now struggling to get their workforce back safely.

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 missing for some organizations.

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

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David Cassady

Chief Revenue Officer

David Cassady has been selling and leading sales 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 Revenue Officer, David leverages his extensive experience helping software businesses drive growth through skill-building for cloud and SaaS-focused teams. Together with the AlertEnterprise team, David is focused on the intersection of a repeatable sales process, a predictable pipeline and a multi-channel go-to-market strategy that includes physical security system integrators and SAP — all with the goal of driving explosive growth for the company.

Mark Weatherford

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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

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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

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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.