Strategic Security Management: A Risk Assessment Guide for Decision Makers

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***** Strategic Security Management: A Risk Assessment Guide for Decision Makers. By Karim H. Vellani, CPP, CSC; published by Butterworth-Heinemann; available from ASIS, item # 1728, 703/519-6200 (phone), www.asisonline.org (Web); 416 pages; $60 (ASIS members), $66 (nonmembers).

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This book takes on the ambitious goal of bridging the gap between theory and reality in risk-assessment-based security management--and achieves it handily. The author emphasizes the fundamental responsibilities of today's security managers: to assess risks, demonstrate them to justify costs, and accurately measure security's effectiveness to manage it properly.

In each chapter, subject matter is covered logically and clearly with multiple examples. In the chapter on security measures, for example, policies and procedures are discussed thoroughly, and a sample security policy statement is provided as a guide.

Understanding and using security metrics--primarily through baseline and performance data--is critical to making good security decisions, the author notes. While much has been written about security metrics, this work clarifies and explains this concept in a way that aids in comprehension and application.

Updated technological information is provided in the physical security section, including a discussion of Internet protocol (IP) video monitoring systems. Also discussed are networking devices, recording issues, and use of intelligent software. …