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Buy, Lie, and Sell High: How Investors Lost Out on Enron and the Internet Bubble.

- Virtually everyone in the stock market in 2001 and 2002 was blindsided by the Internet bubble and various corporate frauds. How did it happen? Who is to blame? For insightful, authoritative answers, a good place to turn is to Harvard Business School Professor D. Quinn Mills's book .

The Security Handbook, Second Edition

- This book addresses the issue of providing professional training to security officers and supervisors who seek a career in security. A user-friendly text, it is filled with checklists covering topics such as how to improve job performance and prepare for a job interview.

Control and Security of E-Commerce

- Checklists, though mundane, are a key component of many jobs. They help ensure that key issues aren't overlooked, and they serve as guideposts for anyone auditing the work. This book provides technology managers with a very good preparatory set of details and checklists for their e-commerce infrastructure. The book can also show a corporate auditor what to look for to ensure that appropriate controls are in place.

High-Rise Security and Fire Life Safety, Second Edition.

- Highly acclaimed in its first edition, the update of Geoff Craighead's High-Rise Security and Fire Life Safety manages to outdo the original. The thoroughly referenced work picks up where the last edition left off, detailing advances in practices and technology as well as discussing the impact of the destruction of the Twin Towers. It's destined to be a bible to building security professionals, an in-depth overview for other security professionals, and an engaging read for laypersons.

Violence: A Contemporary Reader

- Violence exists in myriad forms, from school bullying, to workplace brutality, to large-scale terrorist attacks. In this volume, the editors have compiled articles that address violence from many angles, including its social implications and origins, as well as the patterns and psychology of various types of violent criminals. Detailed accounts of violent crimes are accompanied by statistical charts and graphs.

Understanding Water and Terrorism.

- The first half of the book provides a history and description of water systems and their vulnerabilities, primarily in the United States. But scarcely nine pages are devoted to terrorists themselves. In a section called "Who are the Terrorists?" less than a single page is devoted to answering that question. Subsequent pages outline terrorist groups only in a general sense.

Introduction to Emergency Management.

- Not so this book on emergency management, where the protagonists--disasters--take center stage. The authors load the book with bracing case studies and examples, which have infinitely more impact than generalizations and theories.

Beyond Competitive Intelligence: The Practice of Counterintelligence and Trade Secrets Protection.

- The preface to chapter four of this book describes that section as "a layman's introduction." That description can be applied to the entire work. Author Mark Robinson introduces competitive intelligence (CI) concepts to neophytes and peppers his book with charts, lists, and graphics that underscore his lessons. That's good as far as it goes, but it fails to provide the comprehensive study expected from a how-to book.

Terrorism and Organized Hate Crime: Intelligence Gathering, Analysis, and Investigations.

-  Like any perceived phenomenon or rapid growth area, global terrorism has inspired many authors to venture into the security and intelligence fields. That's not surprising given that there is an avid audience, not least in the security profession itself, keen to grasp the essential knowledge and skills needed to manage the current and emerging terrorist threat.

Security Risk Assessment and Control

- The book had its genesis in an assignment to conduct a risk assessment on an (unnamed) international telecommunications company. The authors try to bring the reader into the process, but gaps interrupt a smooth narrative flow. One suspects overly aggressive editing, the result being that the book is neither easy nor enjoyable to read.

A Law Enforcement and Security Officers' Guide to Responding to Bomb Threats:

-  Security professionals sometimes forget just how little they knew when they began their careers and how valuable they found references that successfully covered the basics. This book, by a captain in the Dothan (Alabama) Police Department, is a good example of such a book.

Black Ice: The Invisible Threat of Cyber-Terrorism

-  Cyberterrorism is not just about cyberattacks. It also includes physical attacks against critical infrastructures. Yet few people outside of those with national security backgrounds, such as former presidential advisers Richard Clarke and Howard Schmidt, think about the problem in those terms. Author Dan Verton insists that as we think about cyberattacks, the focus should be on the terrorists' intended goals and impacts, not simply the mode of the attack, be it physical or electronic.

Managing A Network Vulnerability Assessment.

- With the evolution of IT technology, security managers are faced with the ever-evolving, intimidating responsibility to protect the organization's computer and network infrastructure. That's the impetus behind this book.

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