The primary aim of physical security for a university network is to protect everyone on the campus. The secondary objective is to protect the university’s assets and buildings.
Universities have a complex array of locations to protect and secure. Physical security helps in mitigating external threats or reduces the harm inflicted in case of any incident. By conducting site assessments and creating security plans, a university network can identify and improve the existing vulnerabilities and enhance the overall physical security of the university.
The following are some physical security measures for an improved university network:
Access control will ensure that people with proper permission and authorization cards will only access certain areas. It will help to deter potential intruders and distinguish authorized people from unauthorized people.
Physical security measures like strong walls, door and window locks, intruder alarms, emergency notification systems, 24/7 CCTV systems, and key-card or biometric access controls can help prevent intrusion attempts.
Environmental Security Control
This control protects assets from damage and destruction due to environmental factors such as humidity, fire, power outage, water, etc.
It requires physical security measures like fire detection devices that automatically activate, automatic humidity control devices, and temperature monitoring devices that notify of changes.
Other than these, some effective strategies a university network should consider are:
- Conduct physical security audits
- Review communication systems
- Partner with public safety officials
- Ensure proper training of the staff
- Check university’s cybersecurity posture
University networks should acknowledge the value of installing or upgrading existing physical security measures for a safer environment. All physical security systems work together and protect universities facilities and students.
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Desiree Macy is the Editorial Director of Security Forward which is frequented by security executives, corporate security officers, and private protection professionals each month. Desiree’s interests revolves around cyber-security, and business continuity.