A safe, secure campus is central to creating successful 21st century learning environments. For today’s institutions of higher education, enabling this takes thorough effort. Open learning environments that provide easy access to resources and seamless mobile connectivity throughout campus make security increasingly important. You are charged with balancing secure accessibility for students and faculty with protecting your network and providing a safe learning environment.
When it comes to keeping your campus safe and secure, you may be facing at least three key challenges on a daily basis:
- Protecting students, faculty, staff, and the campus against threats.
- Ongoing identification, prevention, and deterrence of incidents.
- Integrating disparate systems to enable more effective response.
Delivering protectionProtecting students, faculty, and staff from physical and cyber-attacks involves people on your campus and throughout the community. On the physical front, your institution must have systems and procedures in place to enhance security and reduce the destruction of property. In the event of an emergency, you need to ensure that you can effectively communicate with first responders and provide them the information they need to be most effective. And on the cyber-front, you need the IT security systems in place that support secure wired and wireless network access to students, faculty, and staff, while also protecting your institution from unauthorized users and malicious attack.
Taking a proactive approachIdentification. Prevention. Deterrence. These are key priorities in ensuring safety across your campus. From enhancing network protection to minimizing liability issues, you need to be continually locating and eliminating security gaps in both your physical and virtual environments. Centralizing your management and monitoring of safety and security systems is a critical first step.
Simplifying safety and securityMost institutes of higher education have between seven and nine different networks for handling safety and security issues. From phones, paging systems, radios, and facilities monitoring, these tools have been added in a piecemeal approach that while intended to strengthen preventive methods may in fact, reduce responsiveness.
- Enhanced visibility
- Improved communications and collaboration:
- Reduced costs
- Improved mobility
- Secure network access