***** Effective Security Management, Fifth Edition. By Charles A. Sennewald. Elsevier, www.elsevier.com; 360 pages; $69.95.
The intent of this most recent edition of Effective Security Management is to focus on one goal—providing security managers with a base of knowledge, attitudes, and practices similar to that of other management professions. The author has certainly achieved his goal. This well-structured book can be used as a security professional’s template for setting up and organizing effective security operations in virtually any setting.
The book is divided into five sections: general security management, security personnel management, operational management, public relations, and mismanagement. Among the basic information is a discussion of organizational structure and how security fits into overall business operations. The sections on hiring security personnel, job descriptions, training, discipline, motivation, and communications are excellent for both seasoned security professionals and those just starting their careers in security and looking for a primer.
Some of the best information in the book is in the section on operational management, where the author discusses security budgets in detail and how to use return-on-investment and statistics to evaluate security performance. This information is critical yet often overlooked in security books.
At the end of each chapter there is a summary along with review questions, which help ensure that readers have a full understanding of the material. The author includes “Jackass Management Traits” again in this edition, providing humor and insight into various management styles and also giving examples of how these managers may impact the effectiveness of the entire organization.
The appendix also lists suggested security/loss prevention reference resources and is a useful tool for further research on specific topics.
Reviewer: Marianna Perry, CPP, is a consultant with Loss Prevention and Safety Management, LLC, and specializes in education, training, and physical security assessments. She is a member of the ASIS Crime and Loss Prevention Council.