The recent mass shooting at an Oregon community college has focused attention once again on how to secure expansive, multi-building institutions of learning that by their nature are designed to be open and accessible. The Oregon case and others have prompted many school officials to reexamine security measures to determine what combination of prevention and response can deter such violence, or at least limit injuries and the loss of life.

Gary Margolis, president and chief executive of Social Sentinel, a Vermont threat alert company, said campus officials understand that most students spend huge amounts of time in digital conversations. “Today, there is too much volume, to much information online to be effective in simply scanning sites themselves,” said Margolis, who formerly was police chief at the University of Vermont.  Social Sentinel alerts campus officials to threats shared publicly on social media, improving awareness of potential violence, self-harm, and harm waged against students, staff, and campus buildings and infrastructure.Read the LA Times press coverage here:  Colleges Take Another Look at Security.