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New ASIS Foundation Research Explores the State of Security Convergence

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Only 24% of study respondents have converged their physical and cybersecurity functions

Alexandria, VA (18 December 2019)ASIS International, the world’s largest association of security management professionals, is pleased to announce it has published new State of Security Convergence in the United States, Europe, and India research conducted by the ASIS Foundation and sponsored by AlertEnterprise.

Using survey responses from more than 1,000 security leaders from around the globe—plus more than 20 follow-up interviews—the study analyzes the relationship between physical security, cybersecurity, and business continuity in modern organizations. It provides relevant benchmarks to compare strategies, plans, and operations and determine best practices for creating more effective and cost-efficient security and risk operations.

According to the report, despite years of predictions about the inevitability of security convergence, just 24 percent of respondents have converged their physical and cybersecurity functions. When business continuity is included, a total of 52 percent have converged two or all of the three functions. Of the 48 percent who have not converged at all, 70 percent have no current plans to converge.

“For years, security practitioners have accepted that organizations are increasingly converging their physical security and cybersecurity functions,” says Brian Allen, CPP, president, ASIS Foundation Board of Trustees. “This study collected current data to measure trends and progress with converging environments. What we’ve learned is that, although convergence has brought positive results, there is still much work to be done.”

The study’s executive summary is available free on the Foundation’s website. The full report is available for purchase and is complimentary for all ASIS members.

Supported by member and corporate donations, the ASIS Foundation invests in elevating security practice through research and education. The Foundation awarded more than 170 scholarships in 2019 totaling more than $75,000. Learn more about 2020 ASIS Foundation scholarships.

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About the ASIS Foundation

The ASIS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, elevates the security profession worldwide through research and education. The Foundation awards grants and scholarships to help chapters and individuals, including those transitioning to careers in security management, achieve their professional and academic goals. Governed by a Board of Trustees, the Foundation is supported by generous donations from individuals, allied organizations, ASIS chapters and councils and ASIS International. To learn more, visit www.asisfoundation.org.

About AlertEnterprise

In today’s threat landscape, operating with siloed physical security, IT and cyber systems puts your enterprise at greater risk. Cyber and physical threats are now blended, requiring a converged approach that fully integrates and automates security with operations and compliance. At AlertEnterprise we bring people, processes, data and technology together in a way which increases daily intelligence and reduces risk. That’s what we call security convergence and it’s our daily mission. With our trusted identity and access management platform, enterprises can do more with less, create engaging workforce experiences, increase compliance and mitigate threats and risk. For more information, visit www.alertenterprise.com.

About ASIS International

Founded in 1955, ASIS International is the world's largest membership organization for security management professionals. With hundreds of chapters across the globe, ASIS is recognized as the premier source for learning, networking, standards, and research. Through its board certifications, award-winning Security Management magazine, and Global Security Exchange (formerly the Annual Seminar and Exhibits)—the most influential event in the profession—ASIS ensures its members and the security community have access to the intelligence and resources necessary to protect their people, property, and information assets.  Learn more about the work we do at www.asisonline.org.

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