R.I.P. TO THE PHYSICAL ID

The recent farewell to Apple’s iPod has us pondering how far technology has come in the last few decades. Today, our music is conveniently and securely stored on our phones, ready to connect to our wireless headphones with a single tap. But as we continue to move toward a digitally driven future, we can’t help but wonder: how much longer until identification documents like physical employee badges line the bottoms of our unused desk drawers, replaced by digital authentication processes?  

Spoiler: Industry experts predict they won’t make it past 2030.

“In a recent third-party survey conducted among 1,000 respondents, an increasingly large number of [users] agree that they would commit to a fully digital lifestyle where they could use digital authentication for all daily processes,” said Jesse Franklin, Senior Vice President U.S. & Canada at Incode.

It’s not hard to see why. Keeping up with physical anything is becoming more and more cumbersome as digital convenience becomes the long-reigning king. From financial statements and cards to insurance information, we’re Marie Kondo-ing our everyday physical belongings and swapping them out for digital alternatives. 

A more imperative reason: security. Personal information is still a top contender for cybercrime and identity thieves, keeping employees and leadership teams on their toes as they work to safeguard it. Since more is at stake when it comes to how data is being used and stored, authentication conducted digitally is deemed to be more secure than legacy methods. But simply going digital won’t solve the problem. For example, most Physical Access Control Systems can only manage 24/7 access to cardholders, leaving the door wide open to security breaches. And when departments live in silos, closing one door won’t close the rest.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE FUTURE OF WORK ACCESS. NOW.

1. Think bigger with converged cyber-physical security

A converged solution that integrates with HR systems, IT, OT and Physical Access Control Systems (PACS) provides the ability to assign specific role and policy-based cyber-physical access, so you can maintain control over who goes where and when. With a converged security technology platform, your Security Operations Center (SOC) can deliver a unified and proactive threat response to a wide range of incidents—with real-time data connection across enterprise applications.

2. Consider enterprise scalability and global deployment

The latest SaaS solutions are designed to scale to hundreds of thousands of users for large enterprise and mission critical applications. This means unifying security across multiple systems and geographies is key. Powerful and flexible technology platforms aggregate reporting and data from all locations, with high availability enterprise fail-over and backup. Secure cloud-based architecture supports global deployment and scale.

3. Level up with built-in compliance and active policy enforcement

With cyber-physical identity access management, built-in controls automate the compliance process, checking the boxes of all industry regulations and corporate policies. Integration with Learning Management Systems like SAP Successfactors deliver automatic verification of training for real-time rule enforcement. And when requirements aren’t met, access can be automatically revoked. Compliance and Active Policy Enforcement features allow you to meet regulatory requirements with ease and consistency. Plus, you can enable role-based and individual user-based access to critical assets for new levels of asset governance.

Our Policy-Based Access Control solution, in partnership with BioConnect, reinvents your existing PACS to transform workplace security from “all the time” to real-time authorization at the door, without the hassle of custom coding. Plus, you can implement it with a secure standard card reader or a biometric reader—your choice.

And the conversation only builds from there.

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Will the physical ID disappear by 2030? Only time will tell. But let’s connect on how we can keep you ahead of the curve with cyber-physical identity access management and security.

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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

Chief Security Officer

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 CISCO 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.