***** Identity Theft Handbook: Detection, Prevention, and Security. by Martin T. Biegelman; published by Wiley; available from ASIS, item #1843, 703/519-6200 (phone), www.asisonline.org (Web); 369 pages; $75 (ASIS members), $83 (nonmembers).
The history of identity theft is the focus of this work. While the importance of history is well known, detailing this specific crime makes for tedious reading.
Author Martin Biegelman discusses the early days of identity theft, then the various types of identity theft. Later, the text addresses the criminal justice system’s response to the problem. The remaining chapters target aspects of identity theft, such as victims, global growth, and research efforts relating to identity theft.
There is no doubt that identity theft is a problem. However, in 369 pages, very little useful information is provided for security professionals. Chapter 20, “Preventing Identity Theft: 21 Rules You Must Use” provides in 17 pages the sum total value of the book. Unfortunately, even this chapter is of little use to security practitioners, but it could serve as a guide for consumers. Overall, security professionals will find little in this text that can be applied to their jobs.
Reviewer: Karim H. Vellani, CPP, CSC (Certified Security Consultant), is an independent security consultant with Threat Analysis Group, LLC, and the author of Applied Crime Analysis and Strategic Security Management. He is a member of ASIS International.