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September 2007

Logical, physical security integration challenges

Integrating physical and logical security can bring many benefits to the enterprise, but a successful union isn't easy. Typically, physical and logical security--also known as IT security--are separate operations in most enterprises. In fact, IT and physical security teams have tended to mix like oil and water. But marrying physical with logical security can reap considerable benefits. Convergence enhances efficiency because user access to physical and IT resources is streamlined, reducing help desk calls. Employees can enjoy the ease of having a single device that gives them access to both the office building and the network. Better access management translates to improved security--and enhanced compliance with various regulatory requirements--because users only access the resources they are authorized to, and no more. The U.S. government is sold on the benefits of physical and logical (PL) convergence. Its Personal Identity Verifi-cation (PIV) program, the result of Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) (see "...

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  • Rootkit detection and removal know-how

    Get advice on how to detect malware and rootkits and the best ways to achieve rootkit removal and prevent hacker attacks.

  • What CISOs need to know about computer forensics

    With computer forensics needed for civil litigation, human resources investigations and criminal cases, organizations need to ensure they're prepared and evidence is preserved. This feature details steps involved in computer forensics, common missteps, and forensics resources.

  • Logical, physical security integration challenges

    Integrating physical and IT security can reap considerable benefits for an organization, including enhanced efficiency and compliance plus improved security. But convergence isn't easy. Challenges include bringing the physical and IT security teams together, combining heterogenous systems, and upgrading a patchwork of physical access systems.

  • Consolidation's impact on best-of-breed security

    Standalone security vendors are attractive targets for large infrastructure players such as EMC. This feature looks at the consolidation in the security market and the potential for best-of-breed security to eventually disolve into a mashup of suites and services by big vendors like EMC, IBM, Microsoft, and HP.

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