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School Security (Part 1)

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School security is a topic all over the news in the wake of the horrific act of evil that transpired last week in Connecticut. It is unimaginable that we have to consider school security at such high levels to protect our young children who are precious and innocent. However, the fact is that securing all our schools is necessary given that there are cowardly predators that choose to act out their rage on our most innocent citizens. I have been working in professional security roles around the globe for 15 years and never seen such a horrific and inexcusable attack as was witnessed at Sandy Hook Elementary School last week. The big question is how do we properly secure our schools in a cost effective manner?

The biggest issue and obstacle with securing schools is budget. No one I know would oppose security upgrades for our schools, but the reality of limited resources is always a factor. With that said, practical and cost effective security solutions for schools must be implemented sooner rather than later despite financial challenges. The government spends billions of dollars on things much less important than providing proper school security so I believe we will see grants and other financial capital become available from them for schools in the relatively near term.

Technical, physical, and procedural security are important when implementing a robust security solution for schools. More costs are involved with some of the categories than others, but effective school security has to include all three types. The proper application of technical, physical, and procedural security is determined by the environment and site specific variables so a trained security expert must assess each application. Security procedures must be identified and then technical and physical security assets must be added to ensure the school security goals and protocols can be accomplished. Automated, rapid response to law enforcement must be a part of the solution in order to be effective so help can arrive while the other security assets minimize access to potential victims and buy time.

We will continue this important topic next Wednesday here at The O and hope you will join us.


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Sean Crain is founder and CEO of Orion Security Solutions (OSS). Prior to starting OSS, Sean spent over eight years with the U.S. Department of State as a Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Officer working in nearly 40 countries on 6 continents around the world including Thailand, Vietnam, Burma, Switzerland, Indonesia, Australia, Cambodia, Austria, Germany, Poland, Kenya, Uganda, Egypt, Brazil, Peru, and Columbia.

He received advanced training in the techniques and methodologies of counter intelligence and anti-terrorism in order to carry out responsibilities which included designing, installing, and maintaining state-of-the-art security solutions to protect national security information, U.S Embassies and other sensitive U.S. facilities, and diplomatic personnel, including U.S. Presidents and Secretaries of State. Sean was also called upon to design and implement security protocols and systems which included video surveillance, intruder detection, access controls, locks, perimeter security, and assessments. He also played an integral role in writing the U.S. Department of State security policies for post communications centers, controlled access areas, and building management systems in U.S. Embassies, U.S. Consulates, and inter-agency facilities worldwide.