Historically, the physical access control space has been slow to change, as companies took on more of a “wait and see” approach to some of the more innovative pieces of technology being developed. However, in 2018 this mindset seems to have shifted from “wait and see” to “try and see.” What was once something the security enterprise shied away from, is now something that is a must-have. In 2018, more companies began to integrate wireless security systems as well as cloud-based software and smartphone technology as security companies begin to realize the cost-effective and time-saving benefits ingrained in these systems. All of this isn’t news to those of us who are keeping up with the security industry, however, what is new is how the first wave of advanced security systems will impact the security world in 2019. From cybersecurity to data-driven decisions to the convergence of the digital and physical security worlds, here are the top trends we expect to see in 2019:


With the growing adoption of new connected security systems, one of the biggest topics of interest we’ll see in 2019 is cybersecurity. According to the Security Industry Association’s (SIA) yearly report, industry leaders envision the upcoming year to be primarily focused on the implementation of robust cybersecurity. One of the greatest motivators of enforcing strong cybersecurity practices is the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s decision to hold companies accountable for failing to execute standard cybersecurity best practices. With more security systems being housed in the cloud, the call for rigid cybersecurity will be greater than ever.

Data-driven Decisions

With cloud-based and wireless systems we not only have new ways to make physical access control more seamless and intuitive but also new ways to make effective decisions about security. Today we’re living in a time where security needs to be evaluated by something more than what Jacobs and Rudis call, “faith-based security.” Our security systems are growing in complexity and so are the opportunities for data and security breaches. However, with connected security applications, companies are beginning to make better decisions based off pools of actual data, which can facilitate in the establishment of stronger security practices and protocols.

Convergence of the physical and digital worlds

As was mentioned in the above paragraphs, the establishment of cloud-based, wireless systems like mobile access control and other credentialing systems will continue to impact the security industry well into the next year and beyond. With these systems, physical and digital (cyber) security have become codependent on one another. In using these systems we’ll see an overlap in concerns, best practices, as well as the personnel who handle the systems. Karyn Hodgson of SDM magazine writes that “with this change, large enterprise customers are waking up to the idea that not only is their 10- to 15-year-old (or more) access control system probably not secure from a cyber perspective, but that newer systems can offer them so much more return on their investment.” As a result, we’ll see more companies upgrading their legacy security systems to the more robust and innovative security solutions.

Onward to the Next Year

As we make our way into the next year, we envision these security trends maintaining a fair amount of the security industry’s attention. To learn more about the latest in mobile access control or how to better prepare you and your company for the next year, visit www.unikey.com


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