Report: Physical Security Incidents Rise for Businesses, ISC West Sessions Devoted to Response Strategies

A new survey finds businesses are dealing with more physical security incidents, but have not updated their strategies to reflect modern issues. Attendees at ISC West this March will find dozens of SIA Education@ISC sessions during the event in Las Vegas dedicated to exploring new trends in physical security and the best ways to address them.

The report, titled The State of Physical Security Entering 2023 from Pro-Vigil, also reveals that many security professionals believe these incidents will continue to rise in 2023.

Pro-Vigil, a San Antonio-based provider of mobile and portable surveillance units, polled operations leaders across a range of industries including construction, dealerships (car/truck/boat/RV), retail, and manufacturing, among others. Among respondents, 28 percent saw an increase in physical security incidents in 2022, matching the mark from Pro-Vigil's 2021 survey and up from just 20 percent in 2020.

The survey also finds 39 percent believe the state of the economy is the cause behind rising security incidents, while 26 percent believe the supply chain is to blame. At ISC West, several conference sessions will touch on supply chain security including Improving Supply Chain Efficiency and Security with Computer Vision—a presentation featuring a case study on how the Port of Vancouver is leveraging computer vision to expedite container inspection.

Most of those polled by Pro-Vigil (91 percent) believe the number of physical security incidents will increase or stay the same in 2023, yet 42 percent have not changed their security strategy.

Of the nearly 80 educational sessions available at ISC West this year, most explore some facet of physical or converged security covered in the Pro-Vigil report. ISC West takes place March 28-31 at the Venetian Expo in Las Vegas. To register or for more information, visit the ISC West website.