What the Security Industry can glean from the Peshawar Massacre

What the Security Industry can glean from the Peshawar Massacre

This week, the Pakistani Taliban took control of a military-run school in northwestern Pakistan where they killed 141 people, the vast majority of them being children. The seven gunmen were outfitted in suicide bomb vests and were soon killed, according to the military.

The graphic nature and brutal violence of this tragedy is disturbing on many levels, most notably the fact that innocent children were the victims. The Taliban claimed this attack was in response to a military operation that attempted to clear Taliban strongholds along the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

There is no doubt many will begin to question the evil lurking in this attack, and how it came to be. School security is of major concern here in the U.S., where school shootings have put focus on the issue. A massacre of this magnitude is simply unthinkable.

That isn’t to say this attack could have been prevented; the gunman seemed willing to die for their cause and even the most sophisticate security system couldn’t have stopped them from taking control.

It does however make the work security professionals in the school sector do that much more important, because it gives us a framework within which to plan and prepare for truly terrible scenarios.

There are days when the work can seem mundane or dull. After a scenario such as this however, today is not one of those days.  

Posted by Matt Holden on Dec 17, 2014

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