VidSys’ survey reveals increased focus on risk reduction



VidSys, a leading provider of Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) software, is previewing findings from its third-annual National Security Survey at the ASIS International 58th Annual Summit.

This year’s survey of senior-level IT and physical security professionals includes responses from a near-equal mix of public and private organizations. Survey findings reveal that most organizations are focused on risk reduction, standard operating procedure (SOP) development and the adoption of technologies that provide a complete view across the security environment.

Survey findings also reveal that, while budgetary constraints have lessened somewhat since 2011, insufficient funding continues to be the most significant organizational and technological obstacle.

Research Highlights

Organizations Heavily Focused on Risk Reduction

  • 59 percent of organizations say that risk management ranks among their top concerns.
  • 72 percent of this year’s participants say the ability to have a proactive, risk-focused approach that ensures greater overall security with a holistic view of the enterprise is “Important” (45 percent) or “Extremely Important” (27 percent).
  • 56 percent of participants say they expect the biggest benefits of planned security changes to be minimized risk, followed closely by improved situation response times (36 percent) and reduced operational costs (36 percent).
  • In stark contrast, 81 percent of 2011 respondents said they expected their biggest benefit to stem from improved situation visibility.

Increased Focus on SOP Development and Need for Complete Security Environment View

  • The percentage of respondents who indicate they need technology for a complete view of their security environment to manage situations or events effectively across their organization has climbed steadily over the past three years—up to 26 percent in 2012 from 13 percent in 2010.
  • When asked to identify the top three items they plan to implement to improve operations during the next 12-18 months, 64 percent of 2012 respondents say they would like to focus on developing SOPs—a huge increase from 2010’s 14 percent and 2011’s 17 percent.
  • In addition, 40 percent of those surveyed this year indicate they specifically plan to invest in developing SOPs for their organization’s security, up from 33 percent in 2011.

Budgetary Concerns Continue to Stymie Momentum

  • 53 percent of 2012 respondents say that insufficient budget is by far the biggest organizational obstacle to moving their security organization forward in the next 12-18 months. These budget concerns are down from 2011’s 81 percent, but elevated from 2010’s 31 percent.

“Today’s organizations need the ability to minimize risk without breaking the bank,” said Michael P. Jackson, CEO of VidSys. “PSIM software helps achieve this, by providing greater situational awareness—bringing together disparate systems in one view and proactively identifying issues.  PSIM software leverages existing investments, adding a layer of intelligence that presents operators with information and SOPs needed to resolve events quickly and in compliance with business rules.”

Visit VidSys (booth #2463) at this week’s ASIS show to learn more about the 2012 Security Survey findings and to view a PSIM demonstration.

About the 2012 Security Survey

The 2012 Security Survey is a national survey designed to provide insight into the security concerns and buying patterns of private and public agencies.  Sponsored by Vienna, Virginia based VidSys, the survey was conducted in late August via Zoomerang, an online survey services provider and is based on 111 respondents (54 percent private sector, 46 percent public sector).  A Research Brief providing detailed information on the findings will be available in October 2012.

VidSys will discuss the full survey findings in a webinar taking place in October.  To sign up to receive webinar details as well as the full copy of the 2012 Security Survey results when available, please contact Kelly Fiedler at


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