Bridging the Great Divide: The Convergence of Physical and Logical Security

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Executive Summary

Despite their common purpose, physical access and logical access technologies exist in parallel worlds. Physical access technologies, such as building security systems and employee access cards, are controlled by the corporate security department. Application passwords and firewalls are the domain of the IT department. Each group's respective networks, technology paths, and user interfaces are completely separate. This paper addresses how converged physical and logical security works, the benefits it provides, and what it will mean for organizations of all kinds.

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