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10 Steps to Creating A Campus Security Master Plan

by Paul Kazlauskas

Step 1: Assemble Your Committee
It is important to obtain support from those who will benefit and/or be affected by the introduction of new processes or change to existing procedures.

Step 2: Determine What Must be Protected
Committee members must classify what is critical to the operation of the campus.

Step 3: Think About Your Long-term Needs
The security master plan’s development should also include long-term system compatibility, communication infrastructure, product obsolescence and growing demands on the security staff.

Step 4: Find Out What Works, What Doesn’t
Next, the committee should survey current operational risk mitigation measures and determine their effectiveness.

Step 5: Incorporate Campus Construction Plans
Understand the campus’ 10-year plan on construction.

Step 6: Can Legacy and New Security Technology Mix?
With the convergence of new physical security technologies, the integration of existing security hardware into new security platforms can be a challenge.

Step 7: Determine Security Personnel Needs
Gauging the needs of a campus often becomes a budgeting nightmare due to recurring costs.

Step 8: Upgrade Your Security Operations Center
The Security Operations Center (SOC) is a critical component to the development of the master security plan. The SOC is a 24x7 command, control and security operations management area.

Step 9: Don’t Forget About Your Infrastructures
These are areas within the campus that rely on the continuous, reliable operation of a complex set of infrastructures: electric power, gas, transportation, water, communications and more.

Step 10: Regularly Audit and Assess Your Plan
The final plan that is put in place will be subject to monthly, quarterly, and/or annual review, and requires continuous improvement. Remember: No Plan Provides 100% Protection.

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Posted on 2/14/2014