A Primer on Electronic Security for Schools, Universities & Institutions

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This is an excerpt from the draft of the 2nd edition, “A Primer on Electronic Security for Schools, Universities & Institutions”.  Readers are asked for their comments and viewpoints surrounding this snipet.
Tangets and offshoots to this topic are welcome.
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Online Storage & Cloud Computing

Online cloud computing (where the actual programs reside offsite) and online storage solutions have entered the security marketplace. These developments have proven to be highly successful & cost effective for general business operations but have not been rapidly embraced by security applications due to concerns over security of data, potential loss of data, and business continuity should the cloud be inaccessible.

At first glance, online storage from providers such as Amazon & Google are enticing with very low cost per gigabyte.  Constantly streaming video creates high bandwidth demands which are too costly for most school environments. 

In addition to bandwidth constraints, access to security related data online is a concern.  The following excerpt from FBI Cyber Publication outlines some of these security concerns. Read the rest of this entry »

This is an excerpt from the draft of the 2nd edition, “A Primer on Electronic Security for Schools, Universities & Institutions”.  Readers are asked for their comments and viewpoints surrounding this snipet.
Tangets and offshoots to this topic are welcome.
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Salesman, Consultant or Engineer?

Any one of the three, chosen with care and attention to references can be of tremendous assistance with your security planning, equipment selection, and specification development.  You are not restricted to one or the other but may use all three at different stages of the security procurement process.  Ultimately it is your responsibility to insure the accuracy of any specification that you put out for bid and it has never been easier with the help of the Internet.  Salesman, consultant, or engineers are all part of your resource availability and, for the most part, do an excellent job.

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This is an excerpt from the draft of the 2nd edition, “A Primer on Electronic Security for Schools, Universities & Institutions”.  Readers are asked for their comments and viewpoints surrounding this snipet.
Tangets and offshoots to this topic are welcome.
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Plan the LAN

Physical security information systems, including video, are critical to a school’s security operation and general well-being. The security mission requires fail-safe systems that operate dependably over long periods of time, and that are ready to respond when needed. Security systems also must be scalable, flexible and able to adapt to a School, University or District’s changing protection needs, and should not have to compete for network resources with the growing number of other applications and users on the enterprise network. Read the rest of this entry »


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