New research shows that cybersecurity remains a top concern for physical security professionals going into 2023. Over half of organizations named cybersecurity as their main challenge today and going forward.

Based on insights from a Genetec, Inc. survey of over 3,700 physical security leaders from around the world, the report revealed that almost half (49%) of the organizations surveyed had activated an improved cybersecurity strategy this year, and more than a third of all respondents (36%) are looking to invest in cybersecurity-related tools to improve their physical security environment in the next 12 months.

When asked about the challenges faced when managing employee and visitor safety, more than half of the organizations selected cybersecurity as their main challenge. This was particularly evident for organizations with over 100,000 employees, with 62% of them indicating that cybersecurity was their top challenge, compared to 52% for companies with under 100,000 employees.

Of the many capabilities related to cybersecurity and data protection deployed by physical security teams in the last year, cyber-hardening of physical security hardware and access control management were the most popular, with 40% of respondents implementing new measures targeting those capabilities.

A full State of Physical Security report from Genetec will be issued in December 2022.