Partnerships Between IT and Physical Security Improves Campus Security
The security of those on any university campus is essential and one of the topmost priorities. But as technology becomes more and more used for this purpose, there is still a need for physical security for rapid response. This means that the two separate departments are slowly being merged into one entity.
The two of them will need to coordinate more and more, and that may be challenging at first. Still, in the end, it will serve to heighten the efficiency of the campus’s security.
Campus Security’s New World Needs
In this new world, security, both online and physically, requires a full 180-degree consideration. There needs to be a detailed response plan made. This will require both departments’ cooperation and an understanding of both sectors’ responsibilities regarding the procedure.
The world has changed a lot, and a need for threat assessment and a clear communication plan with first responders is needed. All of these things require a hand in hand relationship between both the IT and security departments. These are just two of the university’s new world needs.
How the Lines Are Blurred
With security relying more and more on technology like smart readers for campus IDs and mobile apps for dispersal of campus alerts and announcements, security is very entangled with the IT department. This blurring of lines has caused some educational institutions to move security and IT into the same building to save time.
Teamwork In Crisis Response
There is a clear example of how the two departments should be working together, and one of those is in crisis response. If there is a physical emergency like a severe storm or other situations, then there is a clear marriage between the two teams. The IT department is responsible for online alerts. The security is responsible for securing the staff and students’ physical safety.
These two will work together to alert the first responders through communication. It is then disseminated to the proper channels through many different technological avenues. If the two don’t have a working relationship, the crisis plan’s execution will be less effective and will leave more openings for severe injuries and damage to happen.
IT Upgrades Can Help Seal Security Gaps
No campus is perfect when it comes to security, and that is where technology comes in. By the two working together, IT upgrades can close the gaps. One of the gaps would be in cybersecurity.
Though you may not think about it as a physical security problem, it can quickly become one. For instance, a student’s personal data is on the network, and someone could find it and stalk the student. Then the lack of cyber-security quickly becomes an issue for physical security.
Also, the addition of more technologically savvy security cameras and systems has heightened the efficiency of physical security, allowing for them to have a faster response to safety and security concerns like the example we have just given.
So you can see where these two departments need to develop a cohesive partnership and, in many cases, have done so very easily. The use of technology to enhance campus’s physical security has improved and tightened security on those campuses that have begun to blur those lines between these two critical departments. This is a good thing for their students’ and staff’s safety.