Industry leaders to talk campus security challenges, solutions in online summit

Sept. 26, 2023
Endeavor Business Media’s Security Group, the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS) and American School & University magazine present a unique webinar series in October.

It used to be that educational institutions were considered a place of safety and stability for both students and staff.

But the societal and security-related challenges spilling over into schools came into the spotlight with the 1999 mass shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. Since then, K-12 schools and colleges have faced ever-growing challenges with detecting and preventing incidents that threaten campus safety.

The specter of former school resource officer Scot Peterson being charged – and subsequently acquitted – for negligence in his response to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School also cast a bright light on how SROs respond to school threats. The case also highlighted the legal scrutiny school districts and college administrations could face for not following emergency protocols or having robust safety programs in place.

Next month, security industry leaders will discuss strategies that K-12 and higher education facilities managers and decision-makers can formulate to address these challenges during a series of webinars hosted by Endeavor Business Media’s Security Group (, Security Business, Security Technology Executive and Locksmith Ledger), the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS) and American School & University magazine.

The sessions are aimed at administrators, facility directors, security managers (both physical and IT), law enforcement and public safety agencies, and professionals involved in design, purchasing and implementation decisions for security, safety and risk mitigation.

The Campus Security/Safety Webinar Series will consist of three one-hour online webinars, a one-hour video roundtable and executive summaries in special online publications. 

Here are some highlights of the sessions and speakers, which begin on Oct. 10. Single sign-in registration will get attendees access to all events. ** CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

Oct. 10 Webinar

Emergency Preparedness: Active shooter prevention, mass notification, evacuation and more. Steve Lasky, editorial director for EBM’s Security Group, will moderate a panel discussion with five guests:

* Guy M. Grace, Director of Security and Emergency (Retired)Littleton Public Schools;

* Gary L. Sigrist Jr., training officer and police officer; 

* Collin Sharp, regional sales manager for Traka ASSA ABLOY;

* Jill Lemond, Director of Education for Evolv Technology;

* Bruce Canal, executive leader for K-12/High Education at Genetec.

Oct. 17 Webinar

Building Security: Access control, video surveillance, panic alarms, lockdowns, vulnerability assessments and more. Lasky will moderate an in-depth session with four expert speakers about physical security strategies:

* Benjamin Crum, MA, AIA, PSP -- Security Advisors Consulting Group

* Kasia L. Hanson, Global Director of Security Ecosystem Development, Intel Corp.

* Neil Sandhoff, Vice President and Head of Education,  Evolv Technology

* Bruce Canal, Account Executive, Public Sector, for Genetec

Oct.  24 Webinar

Community Engagement: School security starts with clear communication among administrators, teachers, parents, students, SROs and first responders. This informative session will be hosted by PASS and SIA.

Oct. 31 Virtual Event

Lessons Learned: A Security & Risk Roundtable on Campus Safety

Sponsors for this educational event include Assa Abloy, Aiphone Communications, dormakaba, EVOLV Technology, GenetecInovonics, IP VideoKrieger Specialty Products, NAPCOTraka - An ASSA ABLOY Group Company and Vicon