Published on 23 August, 2010
|The white paper is called ‘Lessons on Security Technology in Educational Institutions'|
recently released a white paper for the benefit of educational institutions. The white paper is called ‘Lessons on Security Technology in Educational Institutions'. The authors of the white paper are Mark S. Wilson, Vice President, Marketing, Infinova and Mark S. Bennett, CPP, CSC President, MSB Security Consulting, Inc
.A summary of the white paper:
There are no more important assets than children and young adults, especially when attending school and away from their parents. From K through 12 and in college, parents, students, instructors and administrators expect a safe environment and security video is one tool that can make the grade.
It's a huge security assignment. There are more than 130,000 schools in the U.S. and about 7,000 colleges and universities. They house about 77 million students. While K-12 facilities can be more secured as compared to colleges and universities, which are more open, both share a need to provide a safe environment for their primary purpose of education.
There is a need for security assessment, one specific to the unique "community" needs of educational institutions
On an ongoing basis, there is a need for security assessment, one specific to the unique "community" needs of educational institutions. These assessments give security professionals and educators an independent evaluation of existing protection measures in place. They also provide recommendations at the building and district levels for schools, and at the campus level for colleges and universities. School leaders use security assessments as a risk management tool for mitigating risk, reducing crime and violence threats, and managing potential liability. They demonstrate a commitment to security prior to a crisis or incident.
School safety assessments are district-specific to address unique concerns and needs. Federal law requires public records of campus crime rates to be kept and distributed which helps in making college and university security assessments. School security assessments are proactive, not reactive. Assessments need to reflect both the positive school and campus safety measures already in place at the time of the evaluation as well as areas for continued planning and improvement.
Infinova has a series of white papers aimed at helping CSOs and senior security management to make the technical and business decisions needed to manage security and surveillance installations. The previous five cover:
- Coexistence strategy at the heart of a cost-effective move from analogue to digital security video.
- Selecting cameras - analogue to IP-based as well as megapixel and high definition.
- Fibre optics enhances the operation and business bottom line of surveillance solutions.
- Storage options and ways to determine which are the best for the needs of the enterprise.
- How to conduct a security site survey leading to a risk and vulnerability matrix.
- A Practical Trip to Effective Use of Existing and New Security & Surveillance Technology in Transport.
For more information, download the white paper here.