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Lessons from 100 Blogs

Posted on Oct 3, 2018 7:21:18 AM

Can you believe it? This is our 100th blog! That’s about 50,000 words over two years and countless cups of coffee. We thought we’d celebrate this momentous occasion by sharing some of the important things we’ve learned through the process of writing 100 blogs aimed at helping you on your own IT journey.

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We Need a Better Definition of Campus Safety Now

Posted on Aug 30, 2018 7:20:00 AM

We’ve run out of time. The alarm has gone off repeatedly, we’ve hit snooze enough, and it’s time to establish the ultimate definition of campus safety. Now. We’ve discussed this before, but it bears repeating: it’s time for us to start having the right conversation about campus safety, and a huge part of that conversation is arriving at a consensus that will enable everyone to move forward and...

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A Difficult Conversation About Campus Safety

Posted on Jul 11, 2018 7:20:00 AM

We’ve mentioned this before, but it bears repeating: If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, the definition of futility is knowing the definition of insanity and doing nothing about it. We want to apply that concept to a serious topic that’s weighing on a lot of minds today: campus safety. 

For the sake of being open, this is...

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The Campus Safety Conversations You Should be Having

Posted on May 30, 2018 7:20:00 AM

This isn’t the easiest topic to discuss, but it seems that as soon as a tragedy occurs we all start having more serious conversations about safety precautions. While starting the conversation is paramount, the most important thing to consider is the type of conversation districts are having. Sometimes schools discuss budgetary restrictions or statistics of repeat incidents and lose sight of...

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3 Surprising Areas You Might Be Overlooking in Network Security

Posted on May 16, 2018 11:30:00 AM

In days gone by, educational IT departments followed the antivirus + firewall = network security formula. Unfortunately, those days are over. Because of the advent of cloud technology and the increased utilization of your network for mission-critical applications, the network security architecture discussion is no longer optional. The conversation must happen, period.

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The Surprising Key to Campus Safety

Posted on Apr 18, 2018 7:26:19 AM

 

As we’ve mentioned, when we discuss campus safety with district leadership, we frequently hear about the list of technology that has been purchased and installed. One key to campus safety that’s not typically categorized as a safety measure but which significantly contributes to the security of your students, faculty, and organization as a whole is the expanding technology involving network...

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Why Campus Safety Technology Doesn’t Equal Campus Safety

Posted on Apr 11, 2018 7:32:00 AM

What does campus safety mean to you? For many districts, “campus safety” can be traced back to a list of disparate technologies. In actuality, it should be thought of as a philosophy or an ecosystem that requires input and collaboration from all corners of the organization. The challenge is that the former (simply ordering and installing equipment) is fairly straightforward, while the latter...

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Commonly Overlooked Aspects of Campus Safety

Posted on Dec 1, 2017 7:15:38 AM

Campus safety has never been more important, and your IT department has never been more involved in those initiatives. Because we primarily work with organizations in the education space, we've observed some common issues districts have with their campus safety strategies. DGI Vice President, Jason Eatmon, explains more in this short video:

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Make your Cloud Video Management System More Secure

Posted on Aug 31, 2017 9:20:26 AM

As discussed in our last blog, leveraging a Video Management System (VMS) that is both cloud-based and secure can come with a few challenges. Some organizations might even be hesitant to use a cloud VMS, solely because of some of the additional security concerns. The good news is that cloud VMS can be safely integrated into your security strategy, and can also be a huge asset to your...

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Vital Components to an Effective Video Management System

Posted on Jul 20, 2017 7:59:36 AM

Video Management Software (VMS) has become a rapidly-growing area of expertise for technology professionals.

There are many surprising factors that contribute to a VMS that’s effective and congruent with the rest of your organization’s security strategy. There are three basic components to a VMS system: the Network Video Recorder (NVR), the software that manages it (referred to as VMS), and...

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