Security – and, more to the point – threats to our security evolve with each passing year, making vigilance more important than ever.

As a new decade begins, take a look at four significant security trends that will strive to keep people and properties safe throughout 2020 and beyond.

  1. Cybersecurity: The trade group Security Industry Association recently released its list of the top security “megatrends” that will claim headlines throughout 2020. Unsurprisingly, cybersecurity – and specifically its impact on physical security – topped the charts. As the business community increasingly relies on network-connected systems, from IP cameras to access control to intrusion detection systems, and beyond, comprehensive cybersecurity measures have become paramount. Data breaches and cloud-based vulnerabilities are expected to remain primary concerns worldwide, while automation and integration lead the charge in a business community that grows increasingly aware of the critical nature of cybersecurity.
  2. Biometrics: Already widely implemented on most smartphones as a theft deterrent, the practice of biometrics – identifying an individual by evaluation of biological traits (fingerprint, voice, iris recognition, etc.) – is expected to become a much bigger player in a number of scenarios, from access control to equipment operation, and much more. In fact, for the first time the SIA named “facial recognition” as one its New Year megatrends.
  3. Interconnectivity: In the coming years, the quality of our mobile and IoT devices will only get better and better. Integrated with security systems, business owners and security personnel will be able to manage permissions on the fly with greater accuracy. Keeping tabs on any and every access point across multiple sites will be possible at greater speeds from virtually any place in the world and alerting the proper authorities achievable with merely a tap. Video quality and screen size will only continue to improve – providing sharper, more detailed reviews of video surveillance footage.
  4. Virtual Reality: Only 15 years ago, VR units were considered science fiction. Today, headsets are sold in Black Friday sales at big box stores across the country so that children of all ages can engage in UFC championships and interstellar combat from the privacy of their own living rooms. But on the security front, more and more companies are implementing VR in training regimens as a means of helping personnel experience potential crisis situations in real time, and subsequently learn to react to them while preventing the loss of life.

No matter the year, Secom, LLC has your business covered for any and all of its security needs. Our team regularly leverages more than 50 years of design, implementation, and service experience to provide state-of-the-art security solutions to small business, commercial and industrial, and government clientele. We also partner with some of the industry’s best subject matter experts, allowing us to serve as a one-stop shop for any of your voice, data, and security needs. Additionally, our team specializes in emergency preparedness, and follows national frameworks and guidelines to help our clients improve their response to emergency incidents.

Start the New Year securely. Contact Secom to find out how we can help you.