* How To Develop and Implement a Security Master Plan. By Timothy D. Giles, CPP, PSP. Published by Taylor & Francis Group/CRC Press; available from ASIS, item #1841, 703/519-6200 (phone), www.asisonline.org (Web); 351 pages; $79 (ASIS members), $87 (nonmembers).
In this well-written, well-organized book, author Timothy D. Giles, CPP, PSP, provides a thorough overview of how to develop a five-year security master plan that aligns with both an organization’s security philosophy and its overall business plan.
Security master planning involves evaluation and assessment, drafting and presenting the plan, and the use of the plan in the management of the business.
In addition to explanation of data collection and analysis procedures, the text features an outline of a plan document including guidelines for how to address the budget and establishing a return on investment, as well as a discussion on how to approach the final recommendations’ presentation.
Although Giles could have devoted more attention to implementation and maintenance of the master plan, he does identify several key considerations, among them: syncing the plan with the organization’s budget process and periodic review of the plan with consideration of recent developments in security technology.
A valuable appendix includes guidelines for dealing with workplace violence issues, material on executive protection, self-assessment templates, and an example of a format for a consulting proposal.
Giles, himself a security consultant, advocates use of consultants, both in making the case for a security master plan and in its development. Absent a consultant, however, all of the items addressed are relevant to the in-house chief security officer or director of security. It is an excellent road map for security professionals to use as a benchmark relative to their own practices and would also be an excellent text for students assigned to evaluate a security program.
Reviewers: George Okaty, CPP, is director of safety and security at Tidewater Community College in Norfolk, Virginia. He is a member of ASIS International. 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.