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June 2009

Risk management must include physical-logical security convergence

RICH GRASSIE is IT's version of a matchmaker. Many times he's united people you'd think on the surface would have no shot at a sustainable relationship. But Grassie knows how to connect disparate entities, especially when he hitches those guards with guns to geeks guarding GUIs. Converging physical security with IT security inside the enterprise isn't easy, but it's a labor that Grassie, principal consultant with TECHMARK Security Integration of Massachusetts, says is worth the bother, especially for large companies branching out globally with new services. Convergence affords organizations the opportunity to align security with overall business goals, streamline business processes such as provisioning and investigations, and centralize security operations and policies under one office. There are significant barriers to these unions; political and cultural disputes are often the tallest to hurdle, and companies cannot ignore the integration required to get a central view of physical and logical systems. "We look at it as a ...

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