Report: Physical Security Leaders Believe the Future Is in the Cloud

Over 90% of security leaders agree the future of physical security lies in cloud-based solutions, which will enable organizations to implement greater scalability, real-time alerting, and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities.

That’s according to the 2024 State of Cloud Physical Security report from Verkada, for which The Harris Poll surveyed over 1,500 security professionals across various sectors in the U.S. The report looks at current trends, insights, and challenges within the industry as it transitions from on-premises setups to cloud-based ones. Other key findings include the following:

  • High cloud transition intentions and urgent adoption timelines. Seven in 10 respondents expect to increase their spending on physical security systems in 2025, which aligns with the finding that 75% of security leaders are planning to transition to the cloud within the next 12 months, with 96% aiming to complete this transition within the next 18 months.
  • Shifting attitudes on cyber readiness. Nine in 10 respondents believe cloud security improved over the past five years and will ensure data is fully protected during transmission and storage, effectively guarding against risks such as data leakage and illegal access.
  • Integration of AI to security solutions is essential. Over 80% of security leaders think AI-based video analytics, such as automated alerts and predictive modeling, will have a major impact on the future of proactive physical security postures.

These findings are in line with previous industry reports showing that physical security leaders are rapidly embracing cloud-based solutions and that AI dominates security megatrends of 2024.

The full Verkada report is available here.

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