Infrastructure and operations (I&O) personnel are often tasked with implementing strategies and tools for ensuring the physical security of their organizations’ assets. In the past, “physical security” referred to the protection of physical assets, through doors, fences, safes and vaults. Nowadays, physical security extends to digital protection as well, through methods like Internet of Things (IoT) security, and video surveillance.

In order to implement an effective physical security strategy, I&O leaders must consider both their business objectives and risks priorities, and the interrelationships of the two. They must clearly define roles and responsibilities within their team, thoroughly discuss their requirements with their vendors, and assess their physical security deployments to determine what’s working and what isn’t.

In this report, Gartner discusses the implementation stage of buying and building physical security systems -- primarily video surveillance, analytics and response systems. They break the process down into three phases:

  1. Project management
  2. Installation, configuration, calibration, testing, and commissioning
  3. Evaluation

The report covers best practices that Gartner recommends following during each of these phases, based on common points of failure that organizations tend to experience during these types of projects.

There are many bits and pieces to consider when implementing a physical security installation and a lot could potentially go wrong. The trick is to anticipate possible challenges ahead of time, to ensure a smooth implementation. Learn more in this comprehensive report from Gartner. Complete the registration form to obtain your copy.


Gartner, Best Practices in Implementing Video Surveillance, Analytics and Response Systems in Physical Security, Nick Ingelbrecht, Santhosh Rao, 7 February 2019, Refreshed 10 August 2020

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