The Security Week That Was: A Recap - April 14-20, 2007

SIW Editor Geoff Kohl gives a weekly surveillance of news shaping your profession

I will say this, I think that when you look at this situation, we're seeing a progression of "sophistication" in the school killer – this troubled young man clearly had a methodology that included manipulation of mass media (especially NBC) and tactical planning (such as the chaining of doors to school building to slow response times). All too often, it seems, I've had to pick up the phone to different school security experts to ask them to share their thoughts. The goal as we discuss procedures and technology and response plans is that we'll eventually build a broader awareness of the legitimate threats that are posed to those in the educational system, but in the meantime, it's disconcerting to keep revisiting this topic because budgets and policies weren't put in place to minimize the likelihood of these events. While we need to withhold judgment until all the facts are on the table, I think we know we're dealing with a consistent threat vector and that these events aren't completely random. If killers can plan for these types of events, our industry can help plan against them. For all of the students, faculty, staff and parents in the Virginia Tech community, you are in our thoughts.