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Encyclopedia of Security Management, Second Edition

By John J. Fay, CPP, editor; Reviewed by Thomas W. Leo, CPP

***** Encyclopedia of Security Management, Second Edition. John J. Fay, CPP, editor; published by Elsevier/Butterworth-Heinemann; available from ASIS, item #1739, 703/519-6200 (phone), www.asisonline.org (Web); 649 pages; $95 (ASIS members), $109 (nonmembers).

In today’s rapidly expanding and increasingly complex security environment, practitioners need all the help they can get. Because of that, there is an ever-increasing tendency to call outside consultants who specialize in specific fields for their advice and counsel.  This book will save security professionals both phone calls and consultant fees, placing the experts’ know-how within reach.

Editor John J. Fay, CPP, writes that this second edition offers a collection of authoritative information for management of the security function as it relates to many different industries, and indeed it does. The book features practical papers authored by more than 60 recognized experts in the security profession.

The work targets all levels of the security trade, from the novice looking at the diversity of entry-level security jobs and basic information to the seasoned executive suddenly confounded by the increasingly complex, technical terminology of today’s security problems and solutions.

This edition addresses emerging issues not found in the first edition, such as terrorism, homeland security, threats to critical national infrastructure, weapons of mass destruction, and the like. At the same time, the authors revisit and update first-edition topics such as utility, manufacturing, and transportation security: topics of concern for any reader.

A long time ago I made frequent and extensive use of this encyclopedia’s first edition while preparing for my CPP exam. That initial work was second only to ASIS’s Protection of Assets Manual as a most valuable, all-encompassing resource. For newcomers, the second edition will be just as effective. It is highly recommended as an excellent value for the money.

Any security practitioner, regardless of experience, sector, or specialty, would benefit from this current and thorough reference.


Reviewer: Thomas W. Leo, CPP, has been a member of ASIS since 1974. He has served two terms on the International Board of Directors, two terms on the Professional Certification Board, several years on the Item Development Group for the PCB, and is a member of the Information Assets Protection Council (IAP).

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