The Physical-Cyber Threat Nexus: Recognising & Mitigating Risk in the Face of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Patrick Kane

Senior Director of Security at Atlas Air

Learning Objectives

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an environment where, more than ever before security professionals need to consider the total threat landscape. Economic hardship, increased isolation, weakened control systems and other factors have resulted in new threats and increased vulnerabilities. Threats that arise in the cyberworld can have physical security implications and vice versa. We can no longer allow ourselves to segregate these two disciplines. Insider threats can transcend the physical and digital, threatening online communications can escalate into a physical attack. To mitigate risk, we need to look to our colleagues to share information and collaborate like never before.

Key Takeaways:

  • Recognise new threats and see existing threats in a new, more holistic way

  • Develop better channels for communication with physical security colleagues

  • Mitigate risk by utilising a holistic approach