Security Technology Executive

JUL-AUG 2018

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24 SECURIT Y TECHNOLOGY E XECUTIVE • July/August 2018 • www. L ike a virus, active shooter threats evolve in relation to their environment. Yet, school campus attacks seem to exhibit an unfortunate pattern that combines unyielding brutality with malice afore - thought. But as K-12 school districts struggle to figure out how to properly allocate limited federal funds for technology solu- tions while they argue about gun control and the merits of arming school staff, administrators consis- tently miss the big picture that encompasses proac- tive security policies and serious emergency training. Therein is the dilemma security professionals like Kelly and Jeff LeDuff face when consulting with individual schools and whole school districts that are unsure which direction to move on security and safety. "Many schools are now receiving funding from grants or donations for security initiatives and they are immediately using those funds for cameras and seem to view camera surveillance as the answer. Cameras are certainly part of the solution and are helpful after a crisis has occurred, but schools can do a lot better in terms of using technology to secure Experts warn schools to be proactive prior to active-shooter threats Keeping communications open with local law enforcement and training help mitigate risks By Steve Lask y Active shooter events are far more complex than fire and therefore require even better technolog y and training. Image Courtesy of CAMPUS SECURIT Y

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