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NOV 2018

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36 Security Dealer & Integrator / www.SecurityInfoWatch.com November 2018 2018 STATE OF THE SECURITY INDUSTRY REPORT Access the full report online at www.securityinfowatch.com/12432021 Sponsored by HID Influence of the Internet of Things Respondents were asked how your organization will incorporate the Internet of Things movement into the mix. They were asked to select all that applied. Here are their responses in order of priority. Physical security and IT network converged solutions 53.8% Total IP-network solutions from analytics to storage 44.3% Building automation, facilities and infrastructure management options 36.7% Bundled services for Big Data, logistics and situational awareness 25.2% Data analytics 23.8% End-point physical security only 19.5% None of the above 13.8% Other 3.8% IoT Brings Benefits & Risk As physical and IT security partners look to incorporate the evolving world of IoT into the organizations, there are both benefits and potential gaping potholes for integrators to be aware. A new Gartner research project said that securing the Internet of Things (IoT ) involves a change of mindset among current security practitioners. The upsurge in technological innovation that permits unprecedented access to data for visibility and initiates physical actions (automation) has also raised complexity levels and coordination requirements, resulting in an increase in the "surface of threat" across technologies and processes. New security thinking must incorporate the blurring of the physical and digital lines of businesses and society itself by gathering and using data about the physical and digital business, effecting physical and digital changes as well. Rodney Thayer, a convergence engineer with Smithee Solutions LLC, who currently works with physical security systems integrators looking to conquer the IoT puzzle said: " The introduction of the IoT concept to physical security provides several benefits. Generally these are based on scale, availability of data, and new applications. The continued introduction of new (IoT ) devices will impact the risks to the infrastructure from the use of networking. Some risks will be diminished while other risks will increase." In a recent Gartners study, the group predicts that by 2020 there will be 28.1 billion devices offering connectivity and data, from smartphones and vehicles to embedded microcomputers and security devices. The interesting fact is that business users often consume data from IoT devices using similar processes as their consumer counterparts. Yet, while our survey shows that the jury for IoT may still be out for some integrators (close to 30% said they will not be playing in the IoT sandbox at all), an overwhelming number of them see IoT meshing into their physical security and IT network converged solutions (53.8%) – close to 10% more than those responding last year, and another 44.3% saying IoT will fi gure in their total IP network solutions from analytics to storage – that number up an astounding 21% from 2017!

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