Physical Security

Physical security is defined as that part of security concerned with active, as well as passive measures, designed to deter intruders, prevent unauthorized access, including theft and damage, to assets such as personnel, equipment, installations, materials, and information, and to safeguard these assets against threats such as espionage, sabotage, terrorism, damage, and criminal activity.

Risk Management Process:

In order to plan and implement effective physical security measures, you should use the risk management process to determine where and how to allocate your security resources. The steps in the risk management process are:

  • Identify assets
  • Identify threats
  • Identify vulnerabilities
  • Conduct risk analysis
  • Determine countermeasure options
  • Make risk management decisions

GO&S and KU Public Safety can provide information to assist with the identification of any assets and vulnerabilities and provide recommendations to protect those assets.

In order to help maintain and improve security throughout the campus, KU’s Office of Public Safety mainains the University's electronic access sites, physical key access, closed circuit camera system, and intrusion alarms across campus.  In order to utilize these services, you must complete the appropriate forms to request a security assessment in order for Office of Public Safety to determine the most efficient and effective security measures to make your area safer.  

For assistance KU Public Safety-Security Device Services:



Global Operations & Security Staff

National Industrial Security Staff

Office of Global Operations & Security
2029 Becker Dr., Room 139
Lawrence, KS 66047 | 785-864-1859

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