Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) in Joplin is new to the world of campus card services. Historically, its magnetic stripe ID card was used only for identification and dining purchases. An aging meal-tracking software package, combined with an immediate need to reduce printing costs, led the university to investigate campus card solutions to expand card services and offer its students the latest technologies.
Today, the great majority of colleges still deploy picture ID cards, magnetic stripe cards, mechanical keys and barcodes for access control on campus versus newer, more secure technologies such as proximity and, especially, biometrics and smart cards.
Sometimes tragedy creates change for the better –a sad reality that is being illustrated on campuses across the country as an increasing number of colleges mandate background screenings for students, particularly those enrolled in health science programs.
The old adage “good fences make for good neighbors” holds true for businesses, as fences can play a strong role in a company’s security policies. So, it is not surprising that the nonresidential fencing market is projected to provide some of the best opportunities for growth, accounting for one-third of the forecast increases. Installations at institutional buildings will spur growth in the market as demographic trends drive the construction of new health care and educational facilities.
John McClurg, vice president – global security for Honeywell, works to secure the company’s 100,000 worldwide workforce from both external and internal threats. Community Transit has brick and mortar facilities and facilities on wheels. Both hold precious cargo. For its buildings, the enterprise uses megapixel cameras.
This month in Security magazine, we bring you our 2020 Most Influential People in Security annual report, where we highlight 22 industry leaders, their path to security, careers, goals and guidance for future security professionals. Industry experts discuss the evolution of ransomware, houses of worship security, cybersecurity standards, security careers in investigations and the unifying power of security. Diane Ritchey, past Editor-in-Chief, says goodbye and thank you to our readers.