U of Louisville launches critical infrastructure protection course

Thursday, November 16, 2006

LOUISVILLE, Ky.--The University of Louisville's Institute for Community Security and Public Safety announced yesterday the creation of a three-day workshop on critical infrastructure security, happening in March 2007. The course is targeted toward security architects, security system designers, project managers and security directors, said Sarah Wallin, ICSPS logistic coordinator, and is a natural outgrowth of the institute's move away from crime prevention and toward broader aspects of security, such as anti-terrorism and natural disaster mitigation.
Up until last year, Wallin said, the institute operated as the wellknown National Crime Prevention Institute, but changed focus and renamed itself following the hire of acting director Deborah Wilson. However, one of ICSPS's primary philosophies continues to be crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED), a specialty of faculty member and critical infrastructure security presenter Randall Atlas. Attendees of the three-day workshop should have knowledge of CPTED as well as physical security technology, Wallin said.
ICSPS also conducts courses in basic physical security, anti-terrorism, and safe school and university design. Courses don't currently lead to a U of Louisville degree, but the ICSPS is working toward credit-granting offerings.
For more information, visit www.louisville.edu/a-s/ja/icsps.