Fort Knox or Cardboard Box: Importance of Physical Security


Are you spending millions of dollars annually but still lack the ability to prevent cyber espionage? The answer is more simple than you think – Physical Security.

Over-spending on outrageous security hardware but leaving the front door wide open doesn’t make logical sense, but this is the case more than not. I’ve personally conducted close to a dozen physical security engagements where most of the time, a suit and knowledge of the company was enough to social engineer my way through a building.

Social Engineering – is essentially preying upon the weakness of an individual by convincingly lying to gain their express trust.

Corporate espionage is a valid threat in the industry today, and improving employee awareness to challenge and report suspicious behavior is more than half the battle.

Even if an intruder happens to get into a controlled room, the battle is far from over. Having proper security controls and port security, can mitigate essential threat vectors from being available to an attacker. We can help with this issue by determining potential attack methodologies and building a well-rounded solution to address this growing threat.

It is imperative that all aspects of security are known to the customer, because it boils down to engaging the right people to create the best solution. A combination of physical and logical security solutions will aide in the overall defense of any organization.

Contact our Security Solutions Team!

We must be vigilant, we must be ready, and most of all, we must be educated!


Adam Zimmerman, Security Solutions Architect

CDW Canada

With over six years of experience in the technology industry, Adam’s experience covers information security operations, cyber security advisory, penetration testing, and advanced exploitation. Adam’s primary focus is  helping organizations build strong security practices and prepare for potential attacks.

Adam holds a Masters in IT Security from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, where he successfully developed a malware classification tool with a security firm based in Ottawa.  Additionally, he has worked on several cyber consulting engagements as a lead security researcher and was able to develop an exploit for the FAA’s NextGen Air Traffic Control Management System.

Adam currently serves in the Canadian Armed Forces as a Second Lieutenant where he holds a  command position as a Troop Commander for 32 Combat Engineer Regiment of Toronto; specializing in mobility denial and facilitation, tactical breaching, controlled munitions disposal, and various humanitarian support operations.