Physical and tech security should merge

Thursday, 10 April 2003, 2:56 PM EST

The creation of positions such as chief security officer (CSO), and a growing focus on security in enterprises more generally, has started to create interest in whether CIOs and IT managers should be involved in decisions relating to physical security.

Greg Ryan -- from the network and integration services division of IBM Global Services in Australia -- believes that greater communication between the IT department and the business about physical security is important.

Ryan said that some organisations in the past had not had the CIO involved in the company's physical security, because there was a separate security department which handled this area. However, he believed, the increasing need to link physical security systems into IT infrastructure meant a growing involvement by the IT department.

Increased return-on-investment of business infrastructure was another reason IT departments were becoming more involved in an enterprise's physical security, Ryan believed. If the security department and IT department are seen as working together, IT was seen as adding value, rather than just being a cost, Ryan said.

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