Top Ways To Futureproof Your Grow Facilities With Security Technologies

Posted 1 month ago by Ian Shutts

The number of data breaches increased by over 15% last year. The success of your grow facilities is contingent upon your ability to keep your data and sensitive assets secure.

This guide will cover the leading security technologies that can help you create a modern and future-proof security system. Modern security technology is adapting to meet the current security climate demands while providing more convenience for the daily user.

How To Future-Proof Security At Your Grow Facility

Your cannabis growth business contains valuable data and assets you must protect from third parties. Here, we will discuss the top ways to future-proof your grow facilities with modern and sophisticated security technologies.

Implement Cloud-Based Solutions To Save Costs And Space

Moving your security to the cloud will spare you unnecessary costs and expenses. Security hardware can be expensive to maintain and update over the years and can take up quite a lot of space in your facility. With a cloud-based solution, you can reduce the expense and space you must devote to security hardware.

Your cannabis security plan should incorporate cloud-based security. Cloud-based security solutions can also ensure that your security system runs smoothly and does not inconvenience your staff as they go about their daily business. Touchless access control is one of the most valuable cloud-based security investments. It can save you money on replacing and creating keycards and fobs for your building entry system. Instead of using keycards and fobs, a cloud-based access system uses mobile-first technology. Your staff can enter the building with digital keycards stored on their mobile devices – so you won’t have to replace any more lost cards and fobs.

To make things even more sophisticated, cloud-based access control solutions offer your staff the ability to enter the building with a wave of their hand over the access reader. The motion of their hand will then trigger remote communication with their mobile device. The communication is tri-fold, with Bluetooth, WiFi, and cellular communication. This triple communication ensures that your staff enter on the first attempt, so your security system does not inhibit productivity in your business.

If you invest in a cloud-based access control system, you can use this as a foundation from which to build a completely integrated security system. Cloud-based access technology comes with open API integrations, allowing you to host all of your security data on a single platform.

Integrating Video Surveillance And Access Control

When it comes to any access control system, there is a critical vulnerability that third parties could take advantage of. If a third party manages to steal an access device from a staff member, they could use the device to enter the cannabis growth facility unchecked and intercept your growth nutrient recipe. 

To prevent this, you can integrate video surveillance and access control to enable identity verification. By implementing identity verification at your building’s entrance, you minimize the possibility of stolen access credentials being used to enter your building. All your security information is visible on a single platform for a more user-friendly experience.

If your access logs and video feed information are housed on disparate platforms, then resolving incidents involving stolen access credentials could be more difficult. Your security staff will have to match access logs with timestamps in your surveillance footage to verify the identity of users entering your building. 

However, when you house this information on one platform, your security team can easily access the data with minimal effort.

If integrated access control and surveillance interests you, you might consider investing in a video intercom reader. The intercom reader comes with high-definition surveillance and touchless access readers built into one device. Since the intercom system is cloud-based, your security staff can view the data remotely and verify the identity of visitors from anywhere.

 

Zero-Trust Security Strategy

Zero-trust is a cybersecurity policy, and you can apply this policy to both your physical and cyber security strategies. This policy does not assume that every user on the network is reliable and trustworthy. Instead, it implements boundaries for how much data the user can access. This way, if there is an internal security breach in your business, only a small amount of data will be accessible.

 

Visitors who enter your building should not gain access to areas that house sensitive data and assets. To apply zero-trust to your physical security strategy, you should install smart door locks throughout your building to protect sensitive data and assets. Since smart door locks use touchless access technology, increasing internal security will not inhibit convenience for staff members who must frequently access these spaces.

Cybersecurity Awareness Training

If you’re looking to secure your business from cybersecurity threats, you need to minimize the risk of human error. Human error is responsible for an incredible number of cybersecurity breaches and is entirely avoidable. By providing your employees with cybersecurity awareness training, you can equip them with the information they need to avoid phishing scams, set strong passwords, and keep their software up-to-date to remove vulnerabilities.

Summary

Your growth operations will not be successful if you suffer a security breach. Security breaches are incredibly costly for businesses and can put the trust of your stakeholders in the balance. Consider which of these futureproof technologies would be most beneficial to your business by evaluating the vulnerabilities in your current system, along with how convenient your current system is.