Creef believed that it could be a good idea, but his major concerns were cost-effectiveness and benefits. Hudson agreed. "By getting all of the information on a single network, you have the preferred platform for utilizing information. For example, you may not expect anyone to be using a facility after a certain time based upon standard schedules. However, a calendar of events on the network would hold data about a special meeting schedule which could be used to update the security system; and using one network saves the administrator time."
Across the board, employee education was key. It doesn't matter how much security, physical or network, you install if your employees don't do their part in making the plan work. "Our current security is excellent," said Battles. "We have a good communications program for ensuring employee responsibility?Personal safety is key, and we take it very seriously."
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