***** Contemporary Security Management, Third Edition. By John J. Fay; published by Elsevier/Butterworth-Heinemann; available from ASIS, item #1947, www.asisonline.org; 480 pages; $64 (ASIS members), $70 (nonmembers).
Managing security for a large or small business can be daunting—especially in today’s environment, where the security manager must manage people, budgets, information, emergencies, acts of terrorism or violence, and much more. Set up as a textbook, Contemporary Security Management contains proven methods for both students and security managers to use in their daily work. The book is well organized and contains useful worksheets, forms, checklists, and review questions.
Of particular note is the section covering management structure and personnel management. Where does the security department fit? How can you maximize effectiveness? How should you manage people and motivate them? These questions are thoroughly answered in this text. The book offers readers excellent instruction in management.
The book is highly recommended as a textbook and reference that will be useful for some time.
Reviewer: Terry V. Culver, CPP, is a security program specialist for the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is also adjunct faculty for Ashworth College and a member of ASIS International.