The New Normal, New Technology
- By Ralph C. Jensen
- Dec 02, 2020
I just can’t seem to get my arms around
that phrase, “The New Normal.” I’m
not sure why it bothers me so much, because
how it see it … every day is a new
day; every day something new is happening.
To me, the new normal sounds like
we’re surrendering to a pest.
This industry, security and all its variants,
including software has worked
through bugs before. With persistence and
determination, the industry wins; the pests
are defeated. The security industry is no
stranger at pushing the envelope. For the
most part, I suppose those achievements
have been step by step but there have been
some quantum leaps.
The point is, security is always moving
forward. Technology is evolving at such a
rapid pace that it is hard to define where it
all started, and if it will ever end. It likely
Within the pages of this magazine, I have
been fortunate to publish an article from
Dr. Martin Gren. He says, “We are seeing
more solutions being designed to serve multiple
purposes from safety and security to
business operations.” The technology has
been in place for years, and the natural evolution
tends to offer solutions responding
to a crisis. Security technology is being integrated
within other technologies to provide
security and safety in new ways.
Dr. Gren writes about several forthcoming
technologies, or solutions that
have been in place being reassigned as a
new partner. He writes about driving new
approaches to cybersecurity. As the ecosystems
continues to expand, so does the
threat landscape. With more devices being
connected there is an awareness of heightened
A few of the topics that Dr. Gren tackles
are zero-trust networks, layered cybersecurity,
and device management and lifecycle
In concert with Dr. Gren, Fredrik Nilsson
weighs in on resilience in the face of crisis. Now,
this is what I like to read about. It is optimistic
and deals with the reality we find ourselves today.
Nilsson writes about the COVID-19 pandemic
and corporate global citizenship. The
thought process behind COVID-19 involves
the technology of touchless door entry solutions
with Apps that can authenticate users
and automatically open a door.
Some businesses are already using intelligent
IP audio systems, which will relay
critical health information to everyone entering
What about Nilsson’s thoughts on corporate
global citizenship? I’ll give you a
hint of what he is writing about, to include
Planet, People and Profit. This is the real
new normal. This is where the new normal
bumps into technology, in a meeting.
This article originally appeared in the November / December 2020 issue of Security Today.
Ralph C. Jensen is editor-in-chief of Security Today magazine.