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ASIS research explores the state of security convergence

09 January 2020

ASIS International, the world’s largest association of security management professionals, has published a study which analyses the relationship between physical security, cybersecurity, and business continuity in modern organisations.

The new State of Security Convergence in the United States, Europe and India study is based on a survey of responses from more than 1,000 security leaders from around the globe—plus more than 20 follow-up interviews.

It provides relevant benchmarks to compare strategies, plans, and operations and determine best practices for creating more effective and cost-efficient security and risk operations.

According to the report, despite years of predictions about the inevitability of security convergence, just 24 per cent of respondents have converged their physical and cybersecurity functions. When business continuity is included, a total of 52 per cent have converged two or all of the three functions. Of the 48 per cent who have not converged at all, 70 per cent have no current plans to converge.

“For years, security practitioners have accepted that organisations are increasingly converging their physical security and cybersecurity functions,” says Brian Allen, CPP, president, ASIS Foundation Board of Trustees. “This study collected current data to measure trends and progress with converging environments. What we’ve learned is that, although convergence has brought positive results, there is still much work to be done.”

The study’s executive summary is available free on the Foundation’s website. The full report is available for purchase and is complimentary for all ASIS members.

Supported by member and corporate donations, the ASIS Foundation invests in elevating security practice through research and education.