By Shayne P. Bates CCSK, CPP, CHS-V, DABCHS
Without question, we are highly dependent on computing technology to be effective security practitioners. Without it, even with reduced capacity, our effectiveness to manage enterprise risk is significantly impacted. Therefore, doesn’t it make sense to explore how we can optimize our effectiveness as security practitioners through the use of technology?
What does cloud computing mean to the business of physical security, what are the opportunities, and why should I pay attention?
A Generational Change is Underway (again)
The generational change in computing that occurred when technology transformed from mainframes to PCs and servers had enormous economic implications: most mainframes were rendered a relic of a bygone era due to their need to be optimized for efficiency because of their high cost. Mainframes were quickly replaced by distributed storage and compute, which was optimized for agility due to the low cost. The explosion of networking and bandwidth helped fuel a whole new era in which inexpensive operating systems were licensed perpetually, replacing the legacy model of high upfront costs for hardware and software.
High cost necessitates efficiency and low cost enables agility. We are constantly reminded of this principal as we discard our gadgets in favor of new ones that are smarter, cheaper and faster. Gone is the notion of repair when tempted by the economics and promise of something better and almost immediate.
Today, we are seeing the explosive scale-out of large data centers with commodity hardware, which is an order of magnitude better in efficiency and agility.