Magazine article Security Management

Letters

Magazine article Security Management

Letters

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CD-ROM Redux

I am disappointed in Larry Johnson's review of our training CD-ROM, "Bomb Countermeasures for Security Professionals" (November). As both the producer and author, I am naturally subjective but have always welcomed criticism as a guide to improving future versions.

Several of Mr. Johnson's comments (regarding the autostart feature, selective use of multimedia elements, and typos) are valid. However, Mr. Johnson's attack on the content contains numerous omissions and inaccuracies.

Mr. Johnson states, for example, regarding lesson one, "Despite the extensive history, the author sheds little light on why bombs, rather than other methods, are employed by terrorists." While this point will be reinforced in the next edition, this information is already woven consistently through that lesson.

Next, Mr. Johnson describes the inclusion of lesson nine "Blast Mitigation Design for Facilities" as overly technical and unnecessary for security professionals. The function of lesson nine, as stated in the opening screens, is to provide security professionals with the knowledge necessary to conduct a competent, preliminary vulnerability assessment of a threatened facility--a relevant issue to a number of security professionals. …

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