Chapter 9

The Convergence of Electronic and Physical Security Risk

9.1 Introduction: Cultural and Organizational Drivers of Security

Ten years ago security professionals were beating the drum about the integration of electronic and physical security. There was even talk about the need to combine IT and physical security departments to ensure proper coordination.

Looking back, the push to forcibly join two fundamentally dissimilar groups was probably premature. I recall speaking to my colleague Phil Venables, now a partner and global head of information security at Goldman Sachs, about this topic many years ago. He presciently resisted the notion that these two groups must be combined. But he recognized that they must coordinate more closely, particularly ...

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