Proactively Protecting Digital Transformations' Physical Infrastructure in the 21st Century: The Digital Physical Infrastructure Facility Security Officer Is Central to Digital Business Resiliency

Proactively Protecting Digital Transformations' Physical Infrastructure in the 21st Century: The Digital Physical Infrastructure Facility Security Officer Is Central to Digital Business Resiliency

  • March 2021 •
  • 8 pages •
  • Report ID: 6039618 •
  • Format: PDF
This IDC Perspective focuses on physical infrastructure that can potentially be accessed by unauthorized third parties, based on location. As our global economy transforms into the digital economy, one that leverages data in real time and integrates into digitally enhanced products, services, and experiences, the cost and impact from digital infrastructure failures increases exponentially. As a growing area where the majority of digital commerce is occurring via datacenters, telecommunication centers, and across mobile networks, a proactive comprehensive approach to digital physical infrastructure is critical and should not be something addressed post-crisis."Correspondingly, the need for a digital physical infrastructure facility security officer (DPI-FSO) is of paramount importance today and ever increasing in the future. While cybersecurity often gets a material amount of attention, focus, and resourcing, physical infrastructure threats are easier and cheaper to perpetrate as asymmetrical risks to the distributed assets that power digital communications and commerce, largely due to the relative ease and accessibility of those assets, which comprise global digital physical infrastructure," states Shawn Fitzgerald, research director, Worldwide Digital Transformation Strategies at IDC. (Fitzgerald is also a U.S. Coast Guard Certified Facility Security Officer for maritime shipping terminals and port stevedoring operations.)