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Risk Analysis and Security Countermeasure Selection Hardcover – December 18, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1420078701 ISBN-10: 1420078704 Edition: 1st

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… by following the guidance laid out in this detailed book, security managers can do it themselves with software that’s probably already on their office computers: Microsoft Excel. … There is no doubt that Norman himself spent considerable time devising the process, which he presents in the book. He provides step-by-step lists for building various matrices … definitely a book for the advanced security practitioner. … it outlined an excellent methodology and is well worth the effort required to read it and work through the process outlined by the author.
— Glen Kitteringham, CPP, President of Kitteringham Security Group Inc., in Security Management, January 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 422 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press; 1 edition (December 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420078704
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420078701
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #822,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is recommended reading for a college class.
Cindy
It would also make an excellent textbook for any course on security management, risk analysis, security policy development, or countermeasure planning.
Ross L. Johnson
You only need this book no other on the market can match the information.
Garry M

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ross L. Johnson on January 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have know Tom Norman for many years, and I do not know anyone that can match him for the depth of knowledge and experience he has in the security profession. He has a gift for understanding and communicating the essence of something: he can tell you not only what is important, but why it is important, and how it relates to other components within an overall security system. I consider his books to be essential toolbox works, destined to be dog-eared, annotated, and bristling with Post-It Notes. They don't belong on the bookshelf, but in the field or on the desk, where you can reach them easily.

This book does not disappoint. It is rich in detail, filled with how-to information that will guide the reader through the risk analysis process from the beginning to the end. The section on selection of methodologies provides the reader with information on what is available and their strengths and weaknesses. The author contributes one that he developed from studying al Qaeda: called the KSM-Asset Target Value for Terrorism Matrix. Named for Khalid Shaihk Mohammed, it provides a methodology for asset target valuation that closely mirrors the apparent priorities of the foremost terrorist network in the world today, giving security professionals insight into the relative value their assets may have to a terrorist adversary.

The premise of this book is that security is a seamless process that connects threat to analysis to behavior to countermeasures to metrics and finally reporting. The author covers each topic in great detail, explaining concepts, discussing competing theories, ultimately assisting the reader in making the decision of what will work for his or her organization. The author guides, but does not preach.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David A. Moore, PE, CSP on July 2, 2010
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Tom Norman has made a major contribution to the practical documentation of the theory and best practices in security vulnerability assessment. His insights as a practicioner are extremely valuable to the reader. His work is current and comprehensive, and provides a thorough discussion on such topics as available methods, concepts and theory, advantages and disadvantages, and tools to make using them more effective. I highly recommend this book for the library of anyone interested in modern security management and risk analysis methods.

Congratulations on a tireless work well done!

David A. Moore, PE, CSP
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The shipping and price were great. The book is one man's tribute to how amazing he thinks he is. This is not the book to get if you are independently trying to learn about risk analysis. Take a few FEMA classes online for free and you'll actually learn something. Even the professor admitted that this book was terrible but he has to assign us a text so we never even used it.
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By Tanya Pownall on February 9, 2014
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This help me get through school and is full of good information to have and use later on in other classes
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By Garry M on June 6, 2013
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This is a Excellent Book Filled with Knowledge and Information. You only need this book no other on the market can match the information. I have looked for two years and came across this one.. I have 30 Years in Law Enforcement with 27 years as a detective..It really tells the truth about Risk and Counter Measures. The Author does not bite his tongue and give you the facts about WHO IS OUT THERE claiming to know Risk Assessment. Advance information that will make you think, The Chapter of Critical Thinking stands alone. Read that Chapter First. Then read the rest of the Book.

The Best Book Out There NOW!!!!!
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