What Are the Challenges of Protecting Large Campuses?

Protecting Large Campuses

On October 14, 2019, invited Kevin Houle, Identiv Regional Director South Central US, to participate in an expert panel roundtable concerning large campus security. Here’s an excerpt: 

Securing large campus environments can be particularly demanding and requires a range of technology solutions. In effect, a campus may represent a dozen or more individual facilities to be secured, in addition to protecting the overall environment. Seeking more insight into the number and variety of needs of securing a campus, we asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What are the security challenges of protecting large campus environments?

“In protecting large school campus environments, the main challenges typically arise from outdated legacy technologies already in place. When upgrading, the transition needs to be seamless without major technical disruption. That means that the security management software and hardware must tie into the school’s existing infrastructure without leaving campuses vulnerable. Schools also need to consider future expansions.

Deployed solutions must feature enterprise-level access management with the ability to expand — the system should be built to grow. Campuses should not have to worry about paying continual licensing and annual fees. Most importantly, the right solution must have a high resolution of threat level control, campus-level lockdown control, and the ability to work with active shooter detection systems. Schools face the challenge of finding a budget-friendly solution for migration that provides the highest integrated security and access control so they can focus on what’s most important: keeping students and staff safe.” — Kevin Houle, Identiv Regional Director South Central US

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