• Published Jun 15, 2021
  • Insights, White Paper

Over the past decade, electronic security systems (ESS) have evolved from standalone systems managing physical assets into distributed, networked information technology (IT) systems integrated into security operations. Today’s electronic security systems employ a wide range of advanced enterprise information technology dedicated to protecting sensitive physical and IT assets. This cyber-physical evolution is shifting the paradigm of ESS technology and operating models due to enterprise-wide threats, advanced threat mitigation capabilities, and continuously evolving cybersecurity requirements.

M.C. Dean’s electronic security systems experts share their insights on current operational and technological ESS challenges and recommendations for Department of Defense leaders in a white paper titled, “Expanding Role of Information Technology in Enterprise Electronic Security Systems”.

Challenges for ESS leaders to consider:

• Enterprise-wide implementation of high assurance credentials in accordance with maturing standards
• The need for federated local, regional, and enterprise operations capability
• Extensive integration requirements using secure communications
• Implementation of cybersecurity controls and Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) compliance

Key recommendations for ESS leadership:

• Establish a reference architecture for enterprise ESS deployments
• Develop an enterprise ESS network and core services
• Develop open architecture for enterprise integrations
• Develop, implement, and enforce enterprise technical standards and technical guides

White Paper: Expanding Role of Information Technology in Enterprise ESS


About M.C. Dean

M.C. Dean is Building Intelligence®. We design, build, operate, and maintain cyber-physical solutions for the nation’s most recognizable mission critical facilities, secure environments, complex infrastructure, and global enterprises. The company’s capabilities include electrical, electronic security, telecommunications, life safety, automation and controls, audio visual, and IT systems. M.C. Dean is headquartered in Tysons, Virginia, and employs more than 5,800 professionals who engineer and deploy automated, secure, and resilient power and technology systems; and deliver the management platforms essential for long-term system sustainability.