Protecting Campuses from the Inside Out

At a time when violent events have been woven into the fabric of our memories and lives, we often find ourselves wondering, What can we do? What should we do?” The debate arises again and again on how best to identify threats and prevent incidents before they occur, but while security measures like access control and video cameras have become standard, schools may lack a more comprehensive, risk-based security plan to adequately protect campus communities.Naturally, a comprehensive campus security plan involves the installation of physical security equipment and personnel, like video cameras and police or security officers, but those measures may not entirely address the shortcomings that come with fully safeguarding our campuses. It is this shortcoming that led Omnigo to adapt the inside out” approach to campus security. Without this approach, schools are especially vulnerable to threats and crimes carried out by an oftenignored potentially dangerous group of people: trusted insiders.

Many of todays incidents, including cyberattacks and violent intruders, are devised by those with trusted access to school campuses, networks, and facilities. Insider threats exist at all levels of school and campus administration, and can come from a student, employee, former employee or student, contractor, associate, or any other individual within an organization who has direct access to and knowledge of people, facilities, critical data, and IT systems.

Access to and misuse of these resources poses a significant threat to both the campus and its people. When campuses calibrate their security programs around the people and information theyre trying to protect, administrators can better establish an effective security plan. Countermeasures like prevention training, background investigations for employees and third-party contractors, anonymous reporting, and behavioral intervention/threat assessment teams are key pieces to intervention, detection, and prevention.

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