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It’s been two (long) years since we’ve had a full-scale, in-person ISC West conference—and we couldn’t be more excited to connect with our industry peers in the coming weeks. But the challenges for physical security loom large in the wake of COVID, including a huge shift to hybrid work models that’s creating more complex access management needs across industries.

Which begs the question: which technologies and solutions can rise to the occasion and lead us into a new standard for physical security?

Let’s take a look at what’s in store for the physical security industry ahead of ISC West—and which key trends to look out for at the conference.

1. Cloud everything

Everyone’s going cloud for, well, everything. Already a darling of the digital transformation set, cloud technologies have become non-negotiable in the COVID era as companies across industries look to enhance their digital capabilities. Gartner expects 85% of organizations to embrace a cloud-first principle – and for 95% of new digital workloads to be deployed on cloud-native platforms – by 2025.

And physical security is no exception to the trend, with software-as-a-service (SaaS) evolving into identity-as-a-service (IDaaS). Case it point: we recently moved to a hyperscale cloud platform to make sure our customers have flexible, scalable convergence solutions for identity and access management. Our solutions are also available as part of the NS2 Marketplace, which offers the most unique security requirements for Cloud hosting of products, apps and data available.

2. Mobile access is going mainstream

… and identity is at the center of it all. It makes sense: in 2022, everyone already owns a piece of credentialing technology that they have with them at virtually all times. Why not leverage it to accelerate the authorization process?

Apple, for example, recently added mobile access control support for their Wallet product, meaning users can store digital badges directly in the app to enter facilities.  The app will now hold employee access badges, picture IDs and driver’s licenses in addition to payment cards. TSA checkpoints also plan to support Apple Wallet IDs in two airports this February.

In response, we are accelerating our development and support as PACS providers invest heavily in mobile access.

In partnership with SafeTrust, we’re making sure the next generation of access management includes secure mobile convenience, such as instant mobile credentialing and mobile passes for visitors.

3. Zero trust hits the physical realm

Since the onset of the pandemic, security incidents have increased across both the cyber and physical security landscape. At the same time, physical security professionals are facing a far more complicated set of access needs thanks to the shift to hybrid work. New solutions that help them manage and monitor access from a position of zero-trust will thrive moving forward.

In partnership with Bioconnect, we’ve introduced the first-ever PBAC solution for physical security. Organizations can use biometric and mobile device-based credentials and door readers with – or in place of – the traditional card reader.

4. The future of work is here

Can you secure it? A shift to hybrid work is increasing the prevalence of insider threats, while COVID has made visitors’ safety and security a priority, particularly in the healthcare space, where security incidents have increased. And while the formerly pending vaccination mandate from OSHA is now dead, the need for increased workplace (and workforce) safety is not.

We’re helping our customers tackle workplace safety from multiple angles: automating visitor access management, provisioning access according to policy, storing vaccination data, activating intelligence to mitigate insider threats and more.

5. Ready or not, here come convergence and digital transformation

Bottom line: if you want to thrive in a new world of global disruption, digital transformation and security are the only ways forward.  And as cyber and physical worlds blend, there is no transformation without converged security.

To explore this topic more, be sure to attend our session at ISC West, “Why Digital Transformation and Security Are the Only Ways Forward” with our CEO Jasvir Gill and CSO Mark Weatherford on Wednesday, March 23 at 3:30 pm. Get more details here.

We’ll see you there

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We look forward to discussing all of these topics, and more, at this year’s event.
Be sure to pay us a visit at Booth #6071.

Not attending, but want to discuss leveraging our solutions using your existing systems?
Let’s connect on how we can help you achieve true convergence in your approach to security.

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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.