Physical security: The Index found gains in school districts’ use of security cameras as a deterrent, with 79 percent of districts using cameras. There was also an increase in use of a mass notification system: 70 percent in 2009 versus 45 percent in 2008.
Districts are also disseminating emergency information. Thirty-six percent of districts view camera footage in real time; 24 percent report are planning to in the next 12 months. More than 70 percent are using a mass notification system.
Cyber security: More than 90 percent are using encryption to protect network and critical data, and 88 percent are utilizing wireless networks.