The problem is that these campuses are generally designed to be fun, welcoming places.
YouTube says that it will improve its security at its worksites after a gunman shot three others and herself — but that’s going to be a tough task on Silicon Valley’s giant, open campuses.
The video company said that Nasim Aghdam, who authorities have identified as the shooter, was able to enter the San Bruno campus through its parking garage and then access YouTube’s outside courtyard. She did not enter the actual corporate building.
The company is committing itself to better protecting its employees.
“We are revisiting this incident in detail and will be increasing the security we have at all of our offices worldwide to make them more secure not only in the near term, but long-term,” YouTube said in a statement late Wednesday.
The company and its parent Google did not respond to requests for details on what security precautions were taken Wednesday to secure their campuses.
The problem, though, is that these campuses are generally designed to be fun, welcoming places more reminiscent of an open college campus than a secured facility. Buildings are spread out and interlopers can wander between them with little notice. Visitors aren’t uncommon, and some are even implicitly welcomed with tourist-friendly photo spots like Facebook’s welcome sign featuring a “Like” button or Google’s Android statuettes. See full story