Physical Security College is designed to help students understand the various types of solutions available for corporate physical security systems including video surveillance and access control systems. The courses aid in the development of comprehensive systems for a variety of corporate environments and applications by using the most recent hardware and software technologies. The course content is divided into sections that go indepth on designing security systems, the components of video surveillance and access control systems, the communication media required by the systems and the methods of powering the components of the system.

Physical Security Systems: Fundamentals of Design
Level 100 (2 BICSI CECs)
Duration: 90–120 minutes

This course is the foundation course of Physical Security College. It examines the design of a comprehensive physical security system for an organization from a high level. The course material is based upon accepted standardized industry approaches to designing physical security systems for any size organization. This course examines the following topics:

  • Standards, regulations and guidelines for physical security system design
  • The design process and determining the objectives of the physical security system
  • Determining the goals and designing the physical security system
  • Analysis of the physical security system design
  • System design and relation to risk

Upon completion of this course students will have an understanding of the process of designing a comprehensive physical security system and will be prepared to begin the design discussions within their organization.

IP-Based Physical Security for the Data Center - Level 200 (1 BICSI CEC)

Duration: 60 – On Demand for Individuals or Skype Webcast for Groups

This course examines the need to provide for increased IP-based physical security for data centers and the various compliance mandates that dictate increased levels of physical security in the data center. The concept of crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) and the framework of the rings or layers of physical security for the data center facility will be explained. This course will describe a number of the available technologies and their capabilities that mitigate the potential risk to the data center facility and its content while potentially reducing overall equipment and operational costs for providing increased physical security. The topics covered in this course include the following:

  • Unique security challenges presented by data center facilities
  • Business and technology trends in physical security systems
  • Developing a physical security plan
  • Layers of security for a data center facility
  • Applicable standards and best practices for data center physical security

Upon completion of this course, the student will have an understanding of the types of IP-based physical security systems that are available to meet the internal and external regulatory compliances that are pertinent to the operation of a data center. This course requires the successful completion of a knowledge assessment, after which a completion certificate eligible for CEC transcript submission will be issued to the student.

sponsored by cpi

Level 100 (1 BICSI CEC)
Duration: 60 minutes – On Demand for Individuals or Skype Webcast for Groups

This course is a comprehensive discussion of the technologies, components and topologies of a video surveillance system. The course looks at the system from the headend to the cameras at the edge of the system and explores the differences between analog and network video systems. This course examines the following topics:

  • Theory of visual security including analog and network video systems
  • Video surveillance system components and technologies
  • Topologies and cabling infrastructures
  • Network video systems
  • IP network considerations

Upon completion of this course, students will have knowledge of the major components of analog and network video surveillance systems. The students will be equipped to have informed discussions with organization IT personnel on the implementation of a network video system and will be able to apply the design criteria learned in the Fundamentals of Design course to the design of a video surveillance system. This course requires the successful completion of a knowledge assessment, after which a completion certificate eligible for CEC transcript submission will be issued to the student.

sponsored by axis

Duration: 60 minutes – On Demand for Individuals or Skype Webcast for Groups
Level 100 (1 BICSI CEC)

This course is a comprehensive discussion of the technologies, components and topologies of an access control system including the applicable codes and standards. This course examines the following topics:
• Theory and principles of access control
• Physical, mechanical and electronic access control
• Access control credentials
• System accessories
• Communications infrastructure and open systems interoperability

Upon completion of this course, students will have knowledge of the major components of various types of access control systems, their relationship to one another and the influence of the applicable codes and standards on the system design. The students will be able to apply the design criteria learned in the Fundamentals of Design course to the design of an access control system. This course requires the successful completion of a knowledge assessment, after which a completion certificate eligible for CEC transcript submission will be issued to the student.