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Physical Security

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This course provides the student with an understanding of the various levels of security that can be employed for the protection of people, property, and data housed in physical facilities.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5

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    Perimeter Protection

    • Identify strategies to mitigate failures of perimeter protection.
    • List the reasons for physical barriers and placement strategies associated with physical surroundings.
    • Identify the different types of fences, gates, and barriers and their respective purposes. 
    • Discuss the various types of perimeter security lighting technologies and their applications.
    • Describe the role of security officers and security patrol personnel with respect to perimeter protection.
    • Analyze the types of alarm systems associated with perimeter protection.
    • Evaluate the significance of aesthetics and employee and customer convenience in relation to levels of perimeter security.

    External Building Security

    • Evaluate structural integrity of buildings and their ability to withstand various types of attacks.
    • Assess various types of doors, windows, and locking devices from a security perspective and recognize the regulations that govern their ingress and egress accessibility in various facilities.
    • Identify other types of openings in buildings and the methods for securing such possible access points.
    • Discuss the importance of external lighting configurations associated with the physical characteristics of building security.
    • Analyze the types of alarms systems best suited for external building security.
    • Describe the role of security personnel in maintaining external building security.
    • Identify the security issues associated with parking lots and garages.

    Internal Building Security

    • Discuss aspects of access control to various offices, storage rooms, or secure areas within buildings.
    • Assess capabilities and limitations of equipment, vaults, safes, and secure storage rooms to protect cash, IT data, and other high-value property.
    • Evaluate the effectiveness of strategic lighting inside buildings.
    • Explore the value of using security personnel to monitor access points and to guard or patrol secure areas inside of facilities.
    • Evaluate the functionality and positioning of internal surveillance systems.
    • Identify the alarm requirements for a variety of secure areas inside of buildings.
    • Analyze the potential effectiveness of a building’s emergency plans.

    Access Control and Protective Systems

    • Indicate the functionality and applications of motion detectors and life safety systems.
    • Discuss the importance of preventative and routine maintenance protocols for access control systems.
    • Assess the benefit of closed-circuit television and consolidated monitoring stations.
    • Explain the relationship between biometrics and access control devices.
    • Assess traditional lock and key systems and the issues associated with key control.
    • Evaluate the use of card readers and combination lock pads.

    Basic Physical Controls

    • Analyze the general concepts associated with the field of physical security.
    • Describe the concept of crime prevention through safety and security assessment, as well as environmental control.
    • Explain the purposes for physical controls and their effectiveness according to established policies and procedures.
    • Discuss the basic security functions of locks, lights, and alarms and their integration as the three lines of physical defense.
    • Identify the significance of concentric layers of physical security.
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