Addressing Physical Threats in the COVID-19 Era

December 28, 2020

The fact that COVID-19 is dominating the thoughts and activities of healthcare facility managers is understanding, given the impact of the pandemic on nearly every aspect of society. But as managers and their organizations continue efforts to handling waves of COVID-19 cases, evidence is emerging that physical threats to facilities need to remain a higher priority

Physical threats are increasing in frequency and becoming more unmanageable, putting unprecedented financial, reputational and liability pressures on organizations’ leadership and security teams, according to Campus Safety.

As physical security operations budgets are expected to increase in 2021, driven and accelerated by COVID-19, the study showcases the collective perspectives of facility security decision-makers — on their physical security operations, what keeps them up at night, challenges and opportunities they foresee in 2021, and the pressing need for physical security modernization through technology. Among the biggest 2021 physical security challenges:

• COVID-19 recovery, including managing permanent remote working and safety protocols

• Data protection and privacy

• Reduced security headcount due to the economy

• Physical security threats to remote workers

• Threat data management

• Physical security threats to C-suite and organization leadership.

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