***** The Grey House Transportation Security Directory & Handbook. Edited by Kathleen M. Sweet; published by Grey House Publishing, 800/562-2139 (phone), www.greyhouse.com (Web); 800 pages; $195.
Long the target of organized crime, the transportation sector has increasingly had to redirect attention and resources to attacks on its infrastructure. Transportation companies must weave their way through complex security requirements and a baffling array of resources. This directory does readers a service by pulling together many of these requirements and resources.
Not only does editor Kathleen Sweet assemble a wide variety of regulations issued by the U.S. government, but she also summarizes and interprets the complicated regulations that apply to airports, mass transit, pipelines, railroads, seaports, and trucking. Don’t expect to read through the whole volume, however. It’s a bit tedious and redundant for that approach. Simply choose the areas you need to know.
Sweet has also included essays on the history of terrorism and the threat of state-sponsored terrorism. She might have cobbled together another cohesive essay on risk assessment and management, but instead has dropped isolated fragments of her thinking on this topic into various chapter introductions, where unfortunately they seem out of place.
By following the URLs listed in each section, readers can create substantial lists of favorites. Professional associations, such as ASIS International and the National Cargo Security Council, are also listed. Notable for their absence, however, are listings for the Technology Asset Protection Association or the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism.
As with any directory, this volume should be considered a starting point and timesaver, not a standalone reference on any given subject. Indeed, it doesn’t even address the rampant problem of organized crime in the transportation industry. Still, the reference will jumpstart managers seeking an introduction to the myriad regulations that apply to the security of our transportation infrastructure.
Reviewer: Michael Brady, CPP, is a national account manager for Securitas Security Services USA, Inc., and serves as chairman of the Minnesota Chapter of ASIS International.