More missing the PSIM point
Dan Dunkel wrote a fun article in the February issue of SDM magazine. He proposed that PSIM (physical security information management) be replaced with VSIM (virtual security information management). I assume he’s joking.
Actually, if you read the article assuming he had his tongue firmly planted in his cheek, it’s a fun ride. He brings in virtualization, the IT concept of using software to emulate hardware like servers and storage devices. He also refers to the word “virtual” in the gaming sense, of creating a virtual reality environment.
Dan does a good job of making fun of computer speak in the article. His articles in SDM are always entertaining. The only thing I didn’t like about this article was the nagging feeling that he may have been serious!
PSIM as a concept emerged because end user managers of security environments cried out for a way of better managing security information. They wanted to be able to do with security data what every other business unit does with the data from their respective business units – that is, to make intelligent business decisions.
If Dan is serious that the physical security industry no longer thinks in terms of being physical, then PSIM could be easily shortened to SIM – a moniker used for a decade or more in the IT Security industry.
I attend physical and homeland security conferences frequently and I can tell you in no uncertain terms that these industries dwell almost entirely in the physical nature of security.
If Dan is simply being an apologist (evangelist?) for “the cloud” as so many bandwagon jumpers (especially software manufacturers) do these days, then I’ll make a suggestion.
The cloud is an amorphous (by definition!) concept to describe techniques of managing data. Managing data is exactly what the security executives who gave birth to PSIM wanted all along. So I suggest that if you really want to get to the heart of PSIM, and to the heart of efficient, effective security management, forget about PSIM – and certainly jettison VSIM – and let’s all talk about just the “IM.” Information management and business intelligence is what it is all about.
If you get that, you got it.