One-third of school districts say security needs improvement

Recent survey shows that physical security has increased while IT security has declined

"The bottom line is getting everyone together and finding out what the needs are," he said.

Fiel added that ADT is responsible for the security of over 15,000 schools nationwide and that they provide free risk assessments to any school system that requests them.

Hutchins said he believes that the key to improving security in school districts is for there to be an understanding of how both IT and physical security affect each other in a given system.

"Getting (IT and physical security professionals) combined early I think is critical and having it be part of a longer term plan so that when it comes to funding, you can go before the board and say this is all part of our plan across the district," he said.