Security Management: An Introduction. Second Edition.By P.J. Ortmeier; published by Pearson Prentice Hall, www.prenhall.com (Web); 322 pages; $52.
Time. Newton considered it immutable. Einstein taught us that it’s relative. That means you can get more from each minute if you know how to manage it. Okay, maybe that’s not exactly what Einstein meant, but it’s true, nonetheless. Time management is critical to security managers, who must juggle multiple projects, tasks, and responsibilities in a constant effort to be as efficient as possible.
It’s a pleasant surprise, then, that this introductory book is tight and on point—an efficient use of reading time. Intended to assist in preparation for the CPP exam, the book introduces learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter, followed by well-explained concepts and concise examples. Each chapter ends with a useful list of key terms and extremely beneficial discussion questions and exercises.
Content is current and accurate, covering such areas as investigations, legal aspects, personnel security, physical security, information protection, and emergency management. Appropriate support and timely examples undergird the discussions.
In addition to CPP topics, readers are exposed to specific applications of security management and the challenges faced in these scenarios. Applications include airport, healthcare, banking, and office building security. The section on healthcare security, for example, introduces readers to the International Association of Healthcare Security and Safety and to security requirements imposed by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.
This highly useful publication applies to multiple facets of security management. Anyone studying for the CPP exam will find this book to be an efficient resource. It would also make an outstanding educational tool at the college level. Students will want to hold onto it through their school years and into their careers.
Reviewer: Joseph J. Jaksa, M.A., CPP, is vice president of customer service and marketing for Teachout Security Services, Flint, Michigan. He is a doctoral student at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, and he has served as an adjunct faculty member and alumni advisor at Michigan State University, Saginaw Valley State University, and Mott Community College. He is a member of ASIS International.