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Feb 22, 2018

Mobile Device Security and Cloud Security

Mobile Device Security and Cloud Security

A Closer Look at 2018 Security Trends: How Can the Use of Mobile Devices and the Cloud Increase Our Security?

As consumers and businesses embrace the cloud and its promise of even greater mobility, the future seems bright.

 

The cloud has been integrated with physical security, enabling more efficiencies and greater peace of mind at less cost. Consumers conducting their lives through their mobile devices are happy to feed this trend by purchasing security services online and are using their phones as credentials.

 

Our last post covered leveraging smart data and social media to increase security capabilities. Mobile device security and the cloud are also reshaping the security industry in positive ways.

 

Trend 5:  Mobilization

We love our mobile devices. Globally, we reached a record high of 17.5 billion connected devices in 2017. By 2023, that number is expected to increase to 31.6 billion (Source:  Ericsson Mobility Report, November 2017). Their convenience and connectivity makes them an indispensable part of our days. Consumers use mobile devices to access work documents, as well as check in on home monitoring devices like cameras and thermostats. Most trust them to send payments or serve as credentials.

The Gartner “Predicts 2017” report forecasts that 20% of organizations will drop traditional ID cards in favor of using mobile credentials by 2020. This growing trust aligns with the proliferation of cloud-based physical access control systems (PACs) that allow entry. We’ll move away from proprietary access control to cheaper, more efficient open systems in the cloud.

 

Mobile Device Security Best Practices:  How Can Providers Help?

To keep these devices secure, manufacturers increasingly incorporate more sophisticated security features. Apple’s iPhone X uses the biometric “Face ID” to unlock the phone and can also complete financial transactions.

 

Securityinformed.com reported that higher education and healthcare end-users are starting to use Bluetooth readers in their access control systems. Biometric apps also help visitors gain entry by ensuring the right person is using the credentials on the phone.

 

It’s a win-win for consumer and security company alike. With mobile credentials, the user benefits from the convenience of integrated systems—and security providers can offer new services and thus open up new sources of revenue.

 

Trend 6:  The Cloud Continues to Grow

By 2020, Gartner predicts 90 percent of organizations will use a hybrid infrastructure (including cloud services) to house their data. There are several important reasons why consumers and businesses are adopting the cloud so readily. Its value propositions are hard to ignore:

  • Easy connectivity
  • Convergence and integration with IoT
  • Mobile technology
  • Increasing number of applications and services

 

Additionally, cloud security has strengthened in recent years. Companies such as Airbnb and Uber operate solely from the cloud, eschewing traditional brick and mortar facilities and placing their trust in this new business model.

 

Cloud Security Best Practices:  How Can Providers Help?

Security providers must leverage the cloud to oversee physical security through software-as-a-service (SaaS), cloud computing and managed services. This is done to capitalize on its safety, scalability, efficiency and accessibility while reaping the benefits of recurring monthly revenue (RMR). They can also provide remote testing and maintenance, system resetting, scheduling and credential administration, essentially offering total solutions that cover all system installations.

 

The cloud is attractive to integrators for other reasons as well. Its built-in security with two-factor authentication, encryption and SSL certifications is certainly important, but the safety features don’t end there. The automatic backups, disaster recovery systems and continual updates also make it an ideal repository for securing information.

 

Since the cloud is also hardware agnostic, most devices can easily gain access. This eliminates the need to update costly equipment as frequently and also makes it easy to add devices. It’s no wonder that providers applaud the cloud’s growth.

 

For our next entry in this series, we’ll discuss the changing landscape of security providers and the entrepreneurial invasion into this sphere. As the world of security changes, IST continues to be a driving force for innovation. For more information on how IST can help you capitalize on these trends in security, contact us here.