Doug Bedell — December 2, 2005, 10:16 am

School Security Urged

A recent article in American School & University magazine urges more comprehensive and integrated security planning at America’s schools. The tragic terrorist attack on a Russian school suggests reminds us that even though schools are usually not considered “critical infrastructure” facilities—like refineries, pipelines, telecom facilities, bridges, and so on—they deserve their own sophisticated security assessments.

The article, by security consultant Harold Gillens, discusses the need for schools to assess their current security conditions both inside the school (e.g., computer security) and outside the school (e.g., perimeter security). The article highlights the importance of a formal security upgrade plan that integrates with the school’s capital improvement budget, to ensure that such security upgrades get funded and implemented.

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