Ever since security systems and related peripheral devices made the jump to IP, there has been a desire to combine the two functions to derive greater intelligence and value from them. This has driven not just a technology convergence, but also a departmental convergence. The alignment of security and IT departments within an organization is driven by the desire to monitor all network devices due to evolving cyber security threats, and the need to manage access and identity across the enterprise more cohesively.
The government has sought to create a standardized access control and identity management approach for physical and logical security across its agencies. Advancements in technology have transformed a seemingly impossible vision into an achievable goal, which a variety of industries can take stock in how this model benchmarks against their security strategies.