Ten Years Later — What Have We Learned?


Daley Center Lobby Security Check. Photo by: Steven Vance

Building Security
Following 9/11, one of the first safety measures implemented was increasing security and requiring and upgrading security protocols. Most of these now seem common upon entering a commercial building. Lobby turnstiles, check-in desks, the use of visitor passes, surveillance cameras and security guards are commonplace today. These procedures are part of what is referred to as the “closed building” concept. Higher profile targets, like federal buildings or landmarks, may also employ the use of metal detectors and X-ray package scanners.

Another direct result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks is the present day use of risk assessment within commercial buildings. Even when a risk is considered low or insignificant, it must now be included in an analysis process. Various assessment approaches have been developed, including The General Risk Assessment Guideline, published by ASIS International, and the Risk Assessment Methodology SM, developed by Sandia National Laboratories.

Now that a decade has passed since 9/11, a major concern of building security comes in the form of complacency. While plans may have been drawn up to improve security, too often they are not acted upon and sit on a shelf collecting dust.

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