Cyber threats remain a key concern for security professionals


In a survey conducted by global technology company Genetec, nearly a third of end-user respondents said their organisations were targeted by cyber threats

Based on insights from over 5,500 physical security leaders from around the world, the research shows that while organisations are putting in place new processes to protect themselves, the level of concern about potential cyber threats continues to increase.

The report found organisations in Australia and globally are being more proactive than ever with 42% of respondents indicating that their organisations are deploying cybersecurity-related tools in their physical security environments. This is a significant increase compared to last year when only 29% said they had put in place processes to protect themselves.

Genetec’s research also uncovered noteworthy regional differences. A higher percentage of end-user respondents in the Asia-Pacific (42%) indicated that cyber-related tools will be a focus for their department in 2024 compared to 33% globally. This ties with cybersecurity vulnerabilities being identified by 50% of Asia-Pacific respondents as a top challenge facing their organisations in 2023 versus 36% of global respondents.

Close to a third (31%) of global end-user respondents indicated that their organisation was targeted by cyber threat actors in 2023. Some sectors were far more affected than others. 73% of respondents in the intelligence and national security sector and 46% in the banking and finance sector said were the victims of cyber-attacks compared 21% in the retail sector.

Cybersecurity vulnerabilities were identified by 36% of global end-user respondents as a top challenge facing their organisations in 2023. In the healthcare sector, cybersecurity vulnerabilities were identified by a higher percentage of respondents than any other challenge (43%). This is perhaps not surprising considering the high-profile cyber-attacks on healthcare providers in recent years.

“It is reassuring to see growing awareness of the cybersecurity of physical security systems,” says Mathieu Chevalier, Principal Security Architect at Genetec Inc. “As more organisations look to implement enhanced cybersecurity measures, they need to look for manufacturers who are committed to cybersecurity and building tools that help them streamline the maintenance and updates of their systems.”

To help its customers be more cyber resilient, Genetec has developed a cybersecurity checklist: