Critical Infrastructure: Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness

By Karim H. Vellani, CPP, CSC

***** Critical Infrastructure: Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. By Robert Radvanovsky; published by CRC Press, (Web); 336 pages; $89.95.

This work offers a compendium of U.S. government guidelines and tools for working in critical infrastructure protection.

Author Robert Radvanovsky starts by identifying the numerous homeland security presidential directives (HSPDs) enacted since 2001 that outline the government’s policies aimed at securing the homeland. He then identifies the 15 critical infrastructure sectors. The remainder of the book discusses the various laws, regulations, and guidelines that impact homeland security and critical infrastructure protection.

Like most government documents, acronyms abound throughout the book. Fortunately, the author identifies each. The book has an index and a very detailed table of contents, both of which allow the reader to quickly locate the information he or she seeks. The notes section in each of the book’s 11 chapters provides detailed footnotes for identifying the original source of the information, and Web site URLs where applicable. The URLs are especially helpful for those actively working to protect America’s critical infrastructure from terrorism as legislation changes occur quickly and guidelines are constantly updated.

While much of the information Radvanovsky compiled for this text is freely available from government and other Web sites, it does bring a vast amount of documents together in one complete source. What the book lacks in originality, it makes up for in breadth, making it a good source of information for anyone working with our nation’s critical infrastructure.

Reviewer: Karim H. Vellani, CPP, CSC (Certified Security Consultant), is an independent security consultant with Threat Analysis Group, LLC, and the author of Applied Crime Analysis and Strategic Security Management. He is a member of ASIS and the International Association for Professional Security Consultants.



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