Garry Bergin shares his current projections for the security industry in the year 2023

As Peter Drucker once said, “The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

This quote is more nuanced than it appears at first glance; here are my current projections for the security industry in the year 2023

Recruitment will continue to become an issue – Security companies are finding it increasingly challenging to recruit within the security industry. The consequence of this reduction of available security professionals is risking public safety, according to the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA). Their recent report stated that security resources in the sector were at 70%, and this situation is deteriorating further.

Cybersecurity will necessitate discussions of physical safety in the boardroom – As the number of cyber incidents affecting physical security and IoT devices continues to rise, so too will the severity of the fallout from threat actors exploiting these systems. According to a new report by Gartner, 75% of CEOs will have direct responsibility for cyberattacks by 2024. In addition to training and certification like CISM or CISSP, security leaders in 2023 will need to ensure they have the data, processes, and tools to support cross-functional interactions at the C-Suite and board level. These certifications are a significant first step in preparing your team for difficult conversations.

Training and certification of physical security professionals will gain momentum – Due to their increasing sophistication, the skillsets needed to manage physical security systems are expanding. One way to guarantee that more people in the field of physical security advance their careers and set themselves apart from the pack is to place a greater emphasis on training and the credentialing of security professionals. If you’re an employer, you should inquire as to whether or not your prospective workers have given this any thought, and if you’re involved with IFPO, SIA, ISRM, or ASIS, you should advise them to do so.

Adding IT expertise to physical security teams – Newer physical security systems necessitate increased IT knowledge, but skill gaps in the workforce make that challenging to achieve. By 2023, this could call for a new class of physical security officers with salaries and responsibilities on par with the information technology sector as a whole. These individuals will be needed to incorporate Zero Trust (ZT) and other physical security measures into more significant IT initiatives. Career opportunities in physical security that are supported by credentials recognised in the broader IT industry have the potential to entice people who might not have considered the field before because they thought it was too narrow. Inform others on LinkedIn or at industry events if your company is already doing this or planning to do so.

Increased separation of GSOC service suppliers – Given the specialised knowledge and training needed to run a GSOC/SOC from an analytical perspective, the market for these services will remain distinct from the market for traditional security guarding. Managing a GSOC or SOC effectively requires analysts with increasingly specialised skill sets and knowledge. Gone are the days when a competent security officer or supervisor could be placed in charge of such a centre.

Project Management Abilities – Security professionals and system integrators will need enhanced project managerial skills and project management certification as the complexity of security system design and integration rises. The use of sophisticated project management applications like Asana and Jira will necessitate these.

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