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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.

Counterfeiting Exposed: Protecting Your Brand and Customers.

- Targeted to owners of intellectual property, including brands, trademarks, patents, and copyrights, the book explains what they can do to protect themselves from counterfeiters. The advice includes something for just about everyone.

The Retail Manager's Guide to Crime and Loss Prevention

-  Retail loss prevention measures are equally important to mom-and-pop stores and major retail chains, but smaller operations may lack the resources to hire a full-time security professional. Here, author Liz Martinez focuses on smaller and less sophisticated retailers that have little or no corporate loss prevention support.

Hacking for Dummies.

- Hacking for Dummies is written on the premise that to catch a hacker, you have to think and behave like one. This is a well-written and engrossing book that helps the reader understand how hackers compromise computer systems and networks. Its clear, easy-to-read style won't intimidate readers unfamiliar with abstruse security terms and concepts.

IT Security: Risking the Corporation.

- This is not a how-to book. Forget about details on securing networks from hackers and insider threats. The book's purpose is to drive home the point that leaving critical data on an unsecured network is tantamount to leaving the doors to the company's headquarters unlocked during a long weekend. Readers learn from real-life examples of how information is at risk on a network and how to start the process of securing it.

Bullying, Peer Harassment, and Victimization in the Schools: The Next Generation of Prevention.

- This book provides extensive documented detail on who is bullied and how it occurs. The editors validate the perception that bullying is most likely to happen to students making the transition from elementary to middle school and from middle school to high school. They also dispel the perception that the bully is a social misfit; he or she is typically popular. Also explored is how bullying varies by gender, race, and ethnic background. Such detail, as well as an abundance of source material, makes this book very interesting reading.

Them and Us: Cult Thinking and the Terrorist Threat.

-  Inspired by such events as the mass suicide in Guyana by members of the People's Temple, Arthur J. Deikman wrote The Wrong Way Home in 1990. In that book, Deikman offered a persuasive look at the nature, dynamics, and impact of cult behavior. In Them and Us, an expansion of that book, Deikman tries to link cult behavior and thinking to the behavior and thinking of terrorists. When the book sticks strictly to cults, it succeeds. It bogs down, though, when it tries to apply cult behavior to all of society and to terrorists in particular.

Cryptography for Dummies

- Cryptography is one of the most intimidating aspects of computer security, conjuring up, as it does, such concepts as hash functions and public-key infrastructures. For the average user who wants to know about cryptography without gaining the proficiency of a cryptographer, Cryptography for Dummies is the perfect introduction.

The Psychology and Law of Workplace Violence: A Handbook for Mental Health Professionals and Employers.

- Security professionals involved in preventing workplace violence will find The Psychology and Law of  Workplace Violence to be an excellent reference. Although the book is long, the information is useful and is presented in an easy writing style.

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