In a few short hours, the United States will inaugurate a new president, two weeks after insurrectionists broke into the Capitol building, stole laptops and perused computer and physical files. As the cyber community observes the unprecedented measures taken to secure the city, lessons in the convergence of physical and digital security emerge.
Washington, D.C. is on high alert, extending the special designation for security that always applies to inaugurations to Jan. 21, and calling in 25,000 National Guard members to assist in securing the downtown. But with the failures in computer security on display during the Capitol breach still raw, protection of digital assets is paramount. And that, cyber experts tell SC Media, requires a convergence of physical and computer security measures.
Indeed, just as the situation at the Capitol presented an opportunity for public and private sector entities to consider cybersecurity implications of a physical breach, the inauguration offers an opportunity for those same entities to consider how they might prepare for events of heightened risk during tumultuous times – whether it be a visit from a disgruntled ex-employee or protests outside corporate offices.
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