Silicon Valley tighten security after shooting at YouTube headquarters

Vastavam web: Silicon Valley may tighten security after a shooting at the YouTube headquarters stunned the San Francisco Bay Area this week, but do not expect armed guards to take up protective posts around tech companies’ campuses.They want broader integration with the community rather than militaristic protection, Valley security experts say.

YouTube did not provide details, but better security need not block out the public or frighten employees, planners said.More lobbies, hedges and other features to slow an approach would improve security without requiring armed guards, for instance, security experts said.“The focus is on providing a really good hospitality experience,” allowing workers easy access, rather than “airport style” brawn, said Bernhard Mehl, chief executive of Kisi, whose smartphone-based security system is used by several San Francisco startups.

Companies do not want “to make their offices look like Fort Knox,” despite the threat of violent incidents, he said. “The last thing is ‘How can I deter people?’”Police say the shooter, who wounded three people after entering through a parking garage and opening fire in an outdoor dining area, held a grudge against YouTube. In online postings, she criticized what she viewed as YouTube’s censorship of her videos about veganism and fitness. One victim remained hospitalized in serious condition Wednesday.

Robert Dodge, executive vice president of corporate risk services for global security services provider G4S, which he said has worked with many tech companies, said businesses want to limit inconvenience. Security “is there to enable business,” he said. And armed guards cost about 50 percent more, he added.

Facebook Inc (FB.O), a social media company that has also faced censorship complaints, declined to say whether it would increase security. “The safety of our employees is paramount, and we work hard every day to maintain a safe and secure environment for our community,” it said in a statement.