Is Physical Security Still Necessary?


Security is of a high concern for most businesses whether large or small but in recent times, the threat of physical security breaches has been dwarfed in businesses’ priorities by a different kind of threat; cyber security.

Cyber Security Threats

It has been reported that nine out of ten large businesses have been affected by a cyber security breach with two thirds of these occurring within in the past year. High profile cases have included that of Sony, AOL, Ebay, Ashley Madison, and a number of social networking sites which have all made front page headlines around the world.

With such an emphasis on the threat of cyber security breaches, it is not a surprise that physical security needs have taken a back seat within some companies. However, this shouldn’t be the case as a similarly high number of thefts and burglaries happen to businesses annually.

Protecting Your Data with Physical Security

While you may be putting a great deal of focus on securing digital data using file encryptions and passwords, you could have a server room guarded by a flimsy door or a laptop full of data sat on a desk in your empty office. For this reason, physical security can still play a role in protecting your digital data.

Access Control and Steel Doors

If your company has a server room or a store cupboard full of back dated files and documents, you need to be sure that you can monitor who has access to those specific areas of the building. Electronic access control can work via codes, fobs, or biometric technology granting users access to restricted areas but also auditing throughout the day meaning you can check back if needed to see who has been through the door and when.

Safes and Cabinets

Safes and cabinets can also allow the secure storage of both physical and digital data. Safes come in a wide range of sizes including sizes ideal for storing laptops and hard drives. Fire resistant safes have been tested to European standards in order to provide the best possible protection for documents and digital data.

Associated Security Solutions

Here at Associated Security, we provide a wide range of physical security products to clients from a wide range of industries including banking, retail, insurance, and healthcare. With over 70 years of experience we have become industry leaders in the supply and installation of safes, cabinets, access control, vaults, strong rooms, and cash management solutions. To request a product guide please email: or call us on: 0161 832 2777 to speak to a member of our sales team. 

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