6 Ways Security Has Changed In Recent Years

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  • Security, a growing industry, has to be on the cutting edge of technology in order to stay viable. Security forces must adapt to each new threat in order to remain as effective. In recent years technology has grown faster than ever and the costs associated with integrating newer security tracking devices has fallen as well. A few decades ago, a closed-circuit TV system was considered expensive and unnecessary for most situations, now it is present in most retail businesses. Here are 6 examples of what else has changed in the security industry.
  • RFID- RFID cards and scanners are in many ways safer to use than keys. Master keys can be made or stolen and employee’s keys can go “missing”. RFID cards can be deactivated or restored access. The trade-off, however, is that they are more susceptible to being hacked or cloned. Just like any other security solution, although it is safer, it still can be exploited.
  • HD cameras and facial recognition software- While cameras have been standard for quite some time now, it is becoming cheaper and easier to retrofit old systems or place entirely new systems that are high definition. This allows camera operators and viewers to see more than they ever could before creating a more secure atmosphere. Facial recognition is, as well, making its way into the mainstream, allowing a computer system to see and virtually identify personnel. In coming years these systems will continue to see more advancement and more acceptance.
  • Mobile security- Smartphones have gone from a modern luxury to being a virtual necessity. Security manufacturers and industries have taken notice and begun offering ways to view the state of security from a mobile device. Home and office security can now, in some cases, be viewed from a phone or tablet with the correct login information and an internet connection. This of course means that user credentials need to be as safe as possible, but the convenience and peace of mind is undeniable.
  • Finger print or iris scanners- Harder for intruders to fake than an old fashioned key-code, verifying entry by a biological identity is a much safer way to establish limited access to a room or area. Previously, the subjects of futuristic science-fiction, these technologies continue to see growth and use in public and private sector security.

Security has changed a lot over time, but the core has remained the same. A physical security staff offers the second line of verification that no other technology can. Security management software coupled with a motivated security team simply cannot be replaced or understated. They can, however, be aided by newer and better technologies