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Risk Analysis and Security Countermeasure Selection
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2010
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.

This book contains excellent material on security management as well. It describes the role of security policies and how they fit the security management framework. This book takes the correct but often overlooked view that security policies are a part of the chain connecting risk analysis with the selection and implementation of appropriate countermeasures.

The discussion on countermeasures is detailed and comprehensive as well. Mr. Norman has a tremendous background in security technology, and that really shines through in this part. He explains how all the countermeasures work, how they fit into a security plan, and how to measure their performance.

There is material in this book for all levels of security professional - the beginner all the way through to the experienced practitioner. It would also make an excellent textbook for any course on security management, risk analysis, security policy development, or countermeasure planning.
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on February 16, 2013
If you need to learn how to conduct or improve proper Threat, Vulnerability or Risk assessment, pick up a copy of this book! Norman's Risk Analysis and Security Countermeasure Selection is an excellent guide for the student of Asset Protection. Any Departmental Security Officer, corporate chief security officer or operational manager should have this book on hand to enhance their security program. The work is thorough in its coverage of the interplay between tactical options for security, the importance of security policy, how to conduct world-class risk assessment, and the value of good risk assessment.

Perhaps the most important function the book serves is to remind the reader that a good security program takes an All-Hazards Approach. The severity and likelihood of natural or accidental disasters is much greater than the threat of terrorism, and Norman demonstrates that a good security program accounts for all of those potentials. Enterprise concerned with asset protection against criminality will benefit from this book also.

This work by Norman receives four out of five stars; although it adequately equips the reader with the tools, theory and vision necessary to develop a strong security program, deeper explanation through example is desirable.

BOTTOM LINE: Norman's work is a much-needed contribution to the bourgeoning field of Critical Infrastructure Protection, and an invaluable aid for professionals of Asset Protection & Security.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 2, 2010
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
President & CEO
AcuTech Consulting Group
1600 Tysons Blvd
Suite 800
McLean, VA 22102
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on June 6, 2013
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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on March 27, 2014
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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on May 17, 2013
This book is recommended reading for a college class. It is good, kept my interest, met the requirement and that is what I needed it to do.
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on February 9, 2014
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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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2012
The book was needed for school- the school wanted 74 dollars for the book, and I found it here on Amazon for 54. hat a difference... I know it will be put to good use, but for the price how could you go wrong? I think that Amazon offers great deals for items which are expensive elsewhere...
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2012
The product arrived extremely fast to the point my academic advisor was shocked I already had the book. It was just as described.
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