This article was contributed by Meraki technology partner Openpath.

The prevalence of cloud-based solutions is hugely beneficial to businesses that want to be more scalable and flexible. However, many organizations are still slow to adopt these newer systems, likely due to misconceptions around the security and benefits of cloud-based IoT technologies.

Myth 1: On-premises systems are more secure

One of the key benefits of a cloud-managed commercial security platform is flexibility. Remote access and over-the-air (OTA) software updates minimize disruption to operations, eliminate in-person maintenance costs, and ensure systems are always running the latest software versions. Outdated on-premises commercial technology limits distributed teams from sharing important security information automatically, making it more difficult to scale security practices to other buildings and sites. Because physical and IT security convergence is dependent on collaboration between both people and systems, modernizing to cloud-based commercial access control technology helps improve security posturing.

Myth 2: All-in-one systems are better

Not all systems are designed to “play nice” with each other in the cloud. Unlike all-in-one systems, cloud-based IoT technology allows organizations to build a more custom security solution. For interoperable IoT security, look for best-in-class providers that utilize open standards. A truly open platform makes it seamless to connect your cloud-based security products so they function as a single entity, rather than disparate systems. This eliminates operational redundancies and saves time. 

Myth 3: SaaS systems are more expensive

While the initial investment in hardware and installation varies depending on the system, cloud-based provider subscription fees actually offer greater returns over time. These recurring fees cover many of the out-of-pocket expenses associated with running an on-premises server and system, such as ongoing server setup and maintenance, system monitoring, licensing fees, and training costs. By selecting future-proof cloud technology, organizations often get more value out of their security investment in the long run compared to a legacy on-site system.

Myth 4: Cybersecurity is the only way to protect data in the cloud

Employing cybersecurity practices isn’t the only way to protect data. In today’s landscape, cybersecurity and physical security need to be addressed together. While strong passwords, encryption, two-factor authentication, and vulnerability testing are essential practices, physical access control cannot be overlooked. Human error is a leading cause of data breaches, so it’s vital to limit and monitor who has access to physical spaces such as server rooms or anywhere computers are left unattended. By combining cybersecurity with physical security practices, security convergence addresses the possible ways data can be compromised.

Myth 5: Physical access control doesn’t need to be integrated

Remote work and distributed teams have highlighted the need for fully remote and integrated security systems. By integrating physical access control with cloud-based video surveillance, identity providers, and visitor management, plus employing a security convergence strategy to address IT and cybersecurity concerns, organizations have a more complete picture of their space and are better equipped to triage security incidents with greater speed and accuracy.To learn more about how cloud-based technology impacts security, join us on July 27 for part two of our three-part webinar series featuring expert-led discussions on emerging security strategies. If you missed it, watch part one on demand here.