As police departments and other security functions depend more and more on digital technologies, bringing them together just made sense, officials say.
Even as campus functions like building access and emergency response become increasingly dependent on institutions’ information-technology infrastructures, physical security and information technology remain administratively separate almost everywhere. But at Indiana University, officials are nearly five years into an unusual experiment, and they say it’s yielding good results.
The undertaking began when President Michael A. McRobbie set in motion an overhaul of the university administration, which included bundling systemwide physical security and information security into the hands of one associate vice president, Mark S. Bruhn. He reports to both the executive vice president for university academic affairs and the vice president for information technology.