What Are Security Systems Integrators and How Can They Secure Your Business for Success?

Today’s security systems integrator deploys a variety of evolving products and services to protect businesses, so it’s understandably hard to fully grasp their role. Even as the technology changes, integrators’ main objective remains the same: to seamlessly coordinate and link various security subsystems to counter ever-increasing physical and cyber threats. They do this by leveraging hardware, software, networks, hybrid IT solutions and specialized security equipment. Most have expertise installing and managing access control elements like gates, doors, locks; video surveillance systems; emergency notification systems, lighting; network security and more.

Why Is a Security Systems Integrator Essential?

Security is one of our most critical business needs. Physical security will always be an important barrier against enterprise theft, vandalism and violence. Cybersecurity continues to be top organizational concern as businesses face a persistent and growing cyber threat. According to Ponemon Institute, the average total cost of a data breach in the U.S. in 2020 registers at $8.64 million – yet typically only 15% of information assets are covered by insurance. It usually takes 280 days to identify and contain a data breach, and 52% are caused by malicious attacks. Think you should be thinking about cyber security? You’re absolutely right.

As the physical and cyber become even more enmeshed through the Internet of Things (IoT), everything from your building’s critical climate control system to its stored sensitive information is vulnerable to attack. Banks and their customers risk large scale heists like credential stuffing and cloud and phishing attacks; our hospitals can be hacked through ransomware to derail life-saving devices like ventilators and businesses in every industry face daily assaults on their mission-critical software.

There are more reasons to invest in security now. In the time of COVID, our healthcare has never been more important – or more subject to cybercriminals. And with so many company employees working from home, managing remote network security and device safety is becoming a logistical nightmare. With every connection comes new vulnerabilities. If you rely on email or web-based platforms like Zoom, Slack, or Google Meet, maintain important digital records – or use a network for your business processes, your physical and cyber security should be a top priority. Security systems integrators can help.

What Do Security Systems Integrators Solve?

Security systems integrators design, install and manage solutions to protect people, data and property. There are wide-ranging versions of what they specifically provide. For instance, some install “out of the box” solutions that are ready made and may meet your needs. Others provide additional services and can help oversee the full lifecycle of your security systems. These integrators can custom-design a security plan for you, and then install, implement, test, manage and maintain your systems. Integrators with a fuller breadth of services and expertise usually adhere to a specific process for creating and managing these systems:

  1. Assess your security needs with your input
  2. Devise a comprehensive and holistic security system to address these needs, informed by the use of your current system
  3. Install hardware, software, networks or other required equipment
  4. Custom build additional systems if needed
  5. Train the people that will manage the system at your company
  6. Provide continuous assessments, upgrades, maintenance and service

As you might imagine, engaging the services of a full-service systems integrator is the surest way to secure your business. Since they understand and deploy your systems from conception to completion, they are able to fully manage and take ownership – and have a strong incentive to provide superior service throughout. Partnering with one team gives you one point of contact and also discourages miscommunication and the finger pointing that often befalls cobbling together various vendors. Finally, a partnership ensures history and continuity throughout the lifecycle, so your integrator will also be very aware of and receptive to your company’s ongoing needs.

How Do I Find the Best Security Systems Integrator for My Needs?

Here are some important questions to ask potential partners:

Finding a security systems integrator is not hard. Finding the right one for you may take a little time, but your security is worth it. Lost downtime, disastrous data breaches and physical threats can destroy your business. On the flip side, you’ll see the ROI in saved data, continuous uptime and overall company credibility.

If you’re looking for a security systems integrator, we’d be happy to talk with you. With over 20 years under our belts, we deeply understand the convergence of IT and physical security and can provide you with the best security solutions available to secure a safe and successful future for your business.