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Security Risk Management Body of Knowledge Hardcover – August 17, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0470454626 ISBN-10: 0470454628 Edition: 2nd updated

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  • Hardcover: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2nd updated edition (August 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470454628
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470454626
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,214,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is brilliant. Accompanied by rich and colorful illustrations on every other page, the message is clear: While today's business world may be complex, security risk management doesn't have to follow suit with the same complexity.

This is a solid handbook that leaves no ground uncovered.

Husdal.com, 13 October 2010


SRMBOK gives readers a thorough understanding of the security risk management framework and how it can be integrated into more traditional security and protection programs. It serves well as a baseline repository of collective knowledge relevant to all security practitioners.

RobertYoung, Security Management Magazine

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What prompted me to think I knew enough to write books about risk management?

Decades of taking completely unnecessary risks on five continents has probably helped, but at some indeterminate point along my journey, I decided to take my study of risk management seriously and acquired Fellow of the Risk Management Institute of Australasia and a Master of Risk Management. Mostly however, I learn about risk management by doing. My experience has included construction worker, security officer, safety consultant, manager at a backpackers hostel, security and risk manager for a mine in Indonesia, manager of property and security for the Australian governments most extensive international network, security manager for Australia's largest natural resources project and logistics manager for a remote exploration camp in Africa.

At the moment, I am CEO of Jakeman Business Solutions where my risks are mostly corporate, but I balance my life by riding a motorcycle to work (S1000RR for those who care to know), go mountain biking on the weekends and have adventures whenever possible. Perhaps most risky of all... I write books about risk management.

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I like this body of knowledge of contempory insights on security risk management.
Joris Hutter
In fact, the SRM Lexicon can be read entirely on its own, without any reference to the book; it would still make perfect sense.
Jan Husdal
Information presented in a clear concise manner, and support diagrams/charts/graphs provide good visual links.
Lynne

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David Paul Wagner on August 31, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Since 2001 attention has become understandably more focused on matters of security. Billions of dollars and millions of hours have been spent on devising responses to current and future threats. In this environment the discipline of security risk management (SRM) has received much more attention from business and government. However, to my knowledge the "Security Risk Management Body of Knowledge" is the first comprehensive attempt at summarizing the complex and varied elements that make up the discipline of SRM.

This book, which was originally published by the Risk Management Institution of Australasia and which draws on the contributions of almost 100 SRM specialists, provides a holistic overview of SRM, combining a broad survey of the major areas of SRM with a wealth of practical details and advice on how to use SRM tools.

It attempts to put some structure around the idea of "security risk management". For example, it postulates four strategic Knowledge Areas (Exposure, Risk, Resources, Quality) and four operational Competency Areas (Business Integration, Functional Design, Implementation, Assurance) that together contain important knowledge that any security team in any organization needs to have.

The "Security Risk Management Body of Knowledge" uses models (such as the "Swiss Cheese" and the "Bow Tie" models), checklists and templates to help practitioners develop analyses and action plans specifically related to the organizations whose security they are attempting to improve.

This book includes a comprehensive lexicon (50 pages of text and illustrations) of SRM terms and definitions. The book also incorporates a generous quantity of color diagrams which aid greatly in the understanding of complex SRM processes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Long on September 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
A body of knowledge in this age is something which seems to expand at a frightening and sometimes unmanageable pace but a foundation needs to be put down somewhere, a place where people can launch off into that ever expanding interest. The Security Risk Management Body of Knowledge or SRMBOK does just this, it is a foundational text and reference library for professionals interested in security and risk management. For those who want to understand and develop their knowledge in security risk management, this is the place to start. The book is very well structured and provides excellent guides at the front to help navigate through the text, contingent on reading purpose. Like many text books SRMBOK is not for the faint hearted, its not the kind of test for a slow read on a sunny afternoon. SRMBOK is the kind of book to which you refer again and again, that sits beside the encyclopedia and other reference books.

SRMBOK is not, as it states, about "guns, gates and guards" or "ciphers, safety and society" but explores the dynamic concept of "providing resilience". The approach of the book is to help the reader map and navigate a way through the evolving and challenging landscape of security and risk.

SRMBOK explains the fundamentals of security and risk in clear language with excellent illustrations and graphics. The explanation of standards (eg. AZ/NZS4360:2004), legislative requirements and governance issues is articulated through plain (non-technical) language and complementary illustrations. A range of helpful tools such as the "swiss cheese", ALARP, Hierarchy of Control and "bow tie" matrix are set out and explained. Business integration, functional design and congruence with project management tools and methods are also explained.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tony J. Ridley on April 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Length: 1:57 Mins
Read this book and enjoy the benefits it holds. Unlike the vast majority of technical security manuals, this book is very easy to read and extremely helpful in communicating the key points in order to achieve success and get immediate results.
Great visuals, practical case examples, insightful teachings, natural flow and based on actual experience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jan Husdal on January 31, 2011
Format: Hardcover
A Wiley book rarely lets you down, and this one doesn't either. With a refreshing Australian touch, distinctively unlike many American books on the same subject, this 445-page heavy-weight of a book has it all.

It is is a vast and practically all-encompassing repository of knowledge, filled with accepted best practices, innovations and research in the evolving field of security risk management. This book does not have a narrow scope, it is wide open, and it extends towards business continuity, resilience and even supply chain management. It thoroughly details the security risk management process in an easy-to-read format that can be understood by executive managers and deployed by security risk management practitioners. Indeed, no prior knowledge is required. Accompanied by rich and colorful illustrations on every other page (examples can be seen in the preview below), the message is clear: While today's business world may be complex, security risk management doesn't have to follow suit with the same complexity. Yes, risks may be complex, but managing them is not, and this book makes it look easy. Essentially this book provides a mixture of security management, resilience management and business continuity management, and it does so very well. It is a vast book and I can only review so much, but let's see what the book has to offer.

One of the best features of the book is the SRM Lexicon, a 50-page compilation of more than 250 terms and definitions related to security risk management. In fact, the SRM Lexicon can be read entirely on its own, without any reference to the book; it would still make perfect sense. It is that good.
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