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Aggression in the Workplace: Preventing and Managing High-Risk Behavio

- In this book, author Marc McElhaney shares his experience, perspective, programs, and conclusions with regard to aggressive and threatening behavior in the workplace. His easy-to-read style blends comprehensive coverage with enough detail to make the book a practical tool.

Osama: The Making of a Terrorist.

- The face of terrorism today is Osama bin Laden. Yet for all the publicity surrounding him, he remains an elusive figure who has become larger than life throughout the Muslim world. Merely mentioning his name evokes adulation among his devotees and revulsion in the Western world. When he issues a video or audiotape, terror alerts spike all over the world. Therefore, knowing as much as possible about him is useful for those  tasked with trying to counter his activities and those of his supporters. This book is an excellent effort to do just that.

The Safe Hiring Manual: The Complete Guide to Keeping Criminals, Terrorists, and Imposters Out of Your Workplace

- One of the most useful, and untapped, security tools at any business is the human resources department. HR serves as the operational equivalent of an access control system, keeping problem employees off the payroll. Many companies fail to take full advantage of this department.


- When outsourcing security services, what key characteristics should you look for in a contractor? How can you figure out whether the rates a vendor charges are reasonable? What should you include in a request for proposal (RFP) for security services? In Value-Based Security Procurement, a book newly published by ASIS International, author David R. Serafine, CPP, answers these questions and more.

Fraud 101: Techniques and Strategies for Detection, Second Edition

- For the basics, one of the best chapters categorizes fraud into three primary types. One is duplicate-payment fraud, defined as the issuance of two or more identical checks to pay the same debt for a service. Second is multiple-payee fraud, which is similar, but the checks are not identical. The third type is shell fraud, the payment of alleged debts for fictitious projects or services. For each type, detailed analysis and case studies are provided.

Risk Revolution: The Threats Facing America and Technology’s Promise for a Safer Tomorrow

- Throughout the book, Smith plays the 9-11 card too much. If only the United States had had a massive database of financial transactions, surveillance images, and other personal data, Smith writes, the terrorists might have been stopped. He does admit, however, that technology such as databases and DNA can be used only to mitigate, not eliminate, threats to society.

Malware: Fighting Malicious Code

- Author Ed Skoudis provides amazing insight into the types of tools attackers use to bring down computers and networks or to steal and manipulate information stored on those systems. As would be expected, worms and viruses receive considerable attention, but Skoudis also is adept at explaining backdoors, Trojan horses, malicious mobile code, rootkits, and numerous other tools and scenarios.

Civil Liberties vs. National Security in a Post-9/11 World

- The book has six parts, with writings ranging from the historical to the latest in current thought. A discussion of civil liberties during wartime leads off the book. Selections from the U.S. Constitution and a federal habeas corpus statute round out the first chapter and provide a legal context for the subject.

Larstan’s The Black Book on Corporate Security

- Jim Kennedy’s chapter, “Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery,” deserves special mention because it is an excellent overview of the changes to traditional disaster planning brought about by the World Trade Center attacks. Less successful is a chapter entitled “Blending Corporate Governance with Corporate Security,” which discusses Sarbanes-Oxley. The author asserts that Section 404 of the act deals with “systems of control,” which he says are by their very nature computer information systems. Yet Section 404 does not specifically mention computer systems, and any security requirements beyond those necessary to ensure accurate financial accounting and reporting are beyond the scope of Sarbanes-Oxley. To flatly state that increased information security measures are required under this law is misleading.

Intruder Alarms, Third Edition

- Learn the skills and tools necessary to install and maintain effective intrusion alarm devices and systems.

From the Terrorists' Point of View: What They Experience and Why They Come to Destroy

- What makes Islamist terrorism tick?

Separating Fools From Their Money: A History of American Financial Scandals

- Financial scandals follow a pattern, and learning how this pattern plays out is essential to preventing future business crime and financial meltdowns.  

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