The primary objective of the physical security of a university network is to protect everyone on campus. The secondary objective is to protect the assets and buildings of the university.
Universities have a complex array of locations to protect and secure. Physical security helps mitigate external threats or reduce the damage inflicted in the event of an incident. By performing site assessments and creating security plans, an academic network can identify and improve existing vulnerabilities and improve the overall physical security of the university.
here are some physical security measures for an improved university network:
Access control will ensure that people with the correct permissions and authorization cards can only access certain areas. This will help deter potential intruders and distinguish authorized and unauthorized people.
Physical security measures such as solid walls, door and window locks, intrusion alarms, emergency notification systems, 24/7 CCTV systems and access controls key cards or biometrics can help prevent intrusion attempts.
Environmental safety control
This control protects assets from damage and destruction due to environmental factors such as humidity, fire, power outages, water, etc.
This requires physical security measures such as fire detection devices that activate automatically, automatic humidity control devices, and temperature monitors that notify changes.
Apart from these, some effective strategies that a university network should consider are:
- Conduct physical security audits
- Examine communication systems
- Collaborate with public security officials
- Ensure good staff training
- Check the university’s cybersecurity posture
University networks should recognize the value of installing or upgrading existing physical security measures for a more secure environment. All physical security systems work together and protect university facilities and students.
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Desiree Macy is the Editorial Director of the online magazine SIA, frequented monthly by security officials, corporate security officials and private protection professionals. Desiree’s interests revolve around cybersecurity and business continuity.