How Campus Leaders Make Security Decisions

The 2014 Commercial End-User Study reveals nine in 10 security directors/managers are satisfied with their security provider, and eight in 10 laud security systems as force multipliers.

Today’s end users expect and deserve security providers that help them realize their overall organizational objectives. They seek solutions partners and relationships they can count on.

Ten years ago, CS‘ sister publication, Security Sales & Integration launched the Commercial End-User Study. This extensive and unique research focuses on the logistical pressures end users face, and how they view security technologies and providers. Conducted in cooperation with CS‘ parent company EH Publishing’s end-user properties and ISC/Reed Exhibitions (for more, see Methodology box) – the 2014 Commercial End-User Study’s industry-exclusive data lends itself to being analyzed in myriad ways to render superior insights.

While the news is not great for those anticipating purse strings being loosened (six in 10 identified budget as the top security obstacle, up 10 percentage points since 2012), many positive and promising findings abound elsewhere. More than eight in 10 (84%) believe security systems can reduce manpower needs; 74% plan more security in the near term; and only 14% intended to reduce this year’s security budget. Some operational shifts of note include decreased confidence in level of safety; 78% ranking physical security as equal or higher priority than IT security; and owners/CEOs tied with security directors for security decision authority.

On the technology and systems front, video surveillance is asserting itself more than ever as the dominant area, with command centers and cloud services in particular piquing interest. Among the rising demand seen elsewhere was access control integration, smart cards, mass notification and heat sensors. In assessing their security providers, nearly nine in 10 expressed some level of satisfaction. And while cost was the leading knock, customer service complaints saw a sharper increase. Through vivid charts, graphs and captions, so much more awaits you just ahead.

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