HEALTHCARE SECURITY FORUM: A HIMSS EVENT

Can Security Ever Be Tangible Again?

Have you ever thought about how different our lives would be if people didn’t cheat, steal or try to destroy property?

Of course, those people will never go away, but have you ever taken a mental inventory of the physical security elements you encounter each day? Just to get to work we encounter numerous locks, gates, fences, turnstiles, cameras, bollards and lighting, all put in place to counter some threat. There are examples everywhere, and we’ve come to take them for granted; we accept it as a part of our daily routine.

Physical vs. Digital Security

At some level, we understand the threat and the associated risks, while we also accept that these physical security controls play an important role in countering those threats. At the same time, these are controls we can see. We experience their purpose. A sign, for example, that says “Controlled Access, Keep Out” is a deterrent to honest people. A sign alone doesn’t actually keep anyone out, but it sends a signal that the area is not intended for general traffic. In a more tangible, analog world, these physical displays of security in action are easy to appreciate. But the world has changed.

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