Welcome to the K-12 School Security Assessment Tool (SSAT) provided by the Cybersecurity and
Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), a part of the U.S. Department of Homeland
The SSAT is designed to help inform your school’s safety and security planning process by
taking stock of what security measures and associated supports are in place across your
campus, and where you can make improvements to improve the safety and security of your
school community. The tool focuses on protection (keeping people and property safe from
threats and emergencies) and mitigation (reducing the damage or harm from safety-related
incidents) and will help you apply the three physical security strategies of detection,
delay, and response.
Throughout the next sections, the SSAT will ask you to think about the various components
that make up your school’s physical security system: equipment and technology; site and
building design features; school security personnel; policies and procedures related to
school security; and training, exercises, and drills. It will ask you a series of questions
about these features; please do your best to answer the questions as accurately as possible,
so that the tool can provide you with a tailored set of results that reflect your school’s
unique security needs.
CISA uses third-party websites and services to make information and resources like the SSAT
available to you. CISA will not collect, process, or store any information from you to use
the SSAT. Third-party websites and services will also not store or retain any information
from you as part of the SSAT. All the information you enter into SSAT stays on your local
computer, so the information you enter about your school stays with you. Third party
software, modules, or add-ins used to provide the SSAT to you may or may not use persistent
cookies or similar technology; however, no data collected in this manner is accessible,
viewable, or retained by the federal government. Any PII collected by the third-party
website will not be transmitted or stored by CISA. CISA websites, including the SSAT, may
contain links to international agencies, private organizations, and commercial entities.
These websites are not within our control and may not follow the same privacy, security, or
accessibility policies. Once you link to another site, you are subject to the policies of
that site. By using the SSAT, you hereby acknowledge these terms and consent to any
necessary data collection and processing for use of the SSAT.
After clicking the “Next” button below, you will proceed
through four sections before arriving at the Results page:
- About School: The tool will ask
questions about your school’s attributes such as grade levels served, location, campus
layout, and the presence of school security personnel.
- Choose a Scenario: The tool will
ask you to choose from a limited number of safety-related incidents. You can complete
the tool for multiple incidents, although you will need to run the tool separately for
each distinct incident.
- Existing Safety & Security Measures: The tool will ask you
to answer a series of questions about the security measures in place across your campus.
The questions will only ask about measures in place at those physical security layers
relevant to the safety-related incident that you selected in “Choose a Scenario.” Keep
in mind that some scenarios will require that you answer questions about measures in
place at all four physical security layers—the school perimeter, school grounds,
building perimeter, and building interior layers. It will take you longer to complete
the tool for these scenarios, relative to scenarios that affect only one or two physical
- Safety & Security Measure Detail:
The tool will ask you a series of follow up questions about the security measures you
indicated are in place at your school. As noted above, this section may take longer to
complete depending on the safety-related incident you have selected in “Choose a
You must answer every question in each section before proceeding to the next one. The SSAT
includes an option to “Save Your Progress” if you need to pause your session. The “Save Your
Progress” option does not require login information and does not transmit information to any
third-party server for permanent storage. You can reload this saved information into the
SSAT the next time you open the tool. Although this tool is web-based, only one user should
input information and access results at any one time.
Once you have answered all of the questions in each section, the SSAT will display a set of
eight results modules based on the information you entered. You also have an option of a
results summary page that presents a list of options that your school could pursue to
strengthen physical security which includes space for you to insert your own notes.
Please refer to the SSAT Quick Start Guide and SSAT User Guide, as well as the SSAT Technical
Appendix, for additional information about this tool. A Glossary of Terms also provides
definitions for security concepts and measures that appear in the SSAT.
can be viewed here.
For questions about the SSAT, or for additional resources relating to school safety, contact
CISA’s School Safety Task Force at SchoolSafety@hq.dhs.gov.