*** Security Manager’s Guide to Disasters: Managing Through Emergencies, Violence, and Other Workplace Threats. By Anthony D. Manley; published by Taylor & Francis Group/CRC Press; available from ASIS, item #1869, 703/519-6200 (phone), www.asisonline.org (Web); 380 pages; $79 (ASIS members), $87 (nonmembers).
In the introduction to this text, author Anthony D. Manley states his goal of helping the reader to “effectively identify, analyze, plan, protect, and respond to an emergency occurrence, and to recognize the ramifications of the aftereffects upon a business enterprise.”
With that goal in mind, Manley covers a great breadth of subject matter, perhaps too much. Starting with a topic familiar to many readers—loss prevention—he moves on to address planning, terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, threats to IT, natural disasters, fires, workplace violence, and the law. But don’t expect a deep dive on any one topic: the text is divided into 40 chapters, many of which are very short (one to three pages each). Structurally, the subject matter may have been more efficiently presented with the consolidation of chapters with similar topics.
The visual presentation is professional, with quality materials, such as explanatory tables and illustrations. Almost 100 pages of the book are dedicated to the four appendices containing examples of policies and procedures, training topics, homeland security considerations, and a listing of Web sites. Also included are endnotes, a glossary, bibliography, and index.
In a significant omission, the book does not provide the author’s biography or any professional credentials.
The book provides a broad overview that could be useful to entry-level professionals, but its cost may dissuade many potential buyers.
Reviewer: Paul D. Barnard, CPP, CISM (Certified Information Security Manager), is a security manager for the U.S. Department of Defense. He is a member of ASIS International. The opinion expressed is solely that of the reviewer; it does not imply a view of the U.S. Government or any other organization.