***** Critical Infrastructure: Understanding Its Component Parts, Vulnerabilities, Operating Risks, and Interdependencies. By Tyson Macaulay; published by Taylor & Francis Group/CRC Press, www.crcpress.com (Web); 320 pages; $79.95.
In this new textbook, author Tyson Macaulay aptly describes how easy it is to take things like electricity and running water for granted. “Critical Infrastructure (CI)” he writes, “…has always been there during our lifetime and it has rarely failed us. And when it did fail, it was not for long. It has been designed to be so dependable that we tend to assume it in our equations around the resiliency of our lives, lifestyles, and businesses. CI is a given; it is an assumption.”
Macaulay captures the crux of CI—its complex interdependencies—but does so in a clear, concise, and compelling way, providing the fundamentals for approaching CI in a manner familiar to security professionals: risk assessment. Perhaps the text’s greatest strength is its welcome departure from anecdotes as a basis for his theses. Much of Macaulay’s findings are based on empirical data that he applies to the methodologies and concepts presented within the book.
Each section of the book examines a different CI sector, and the text was apparently written so that each chapter could stand alone for readers only concerned with one sector. The result when reading the book cover-to-cover is a noticeable, and perhaps beneficial, repetition of core concepts.
The text is extremely well-written and would benefit security professionals as well as senior executives, policy makers, consultants, emergency responders, and risk managers or assessors who seek to comprehend how one business or industry interrelates with others.
Reviewer: J. Kelly Stewart, CFC (Certified Forensic Consultant), CAS (Certified Anti-terrorism Specialist), is senior global security manager for CACI International. He is a member of the ASIS Physical Security and Security Architecture and Engineering Councils.