Proactive Security Administration, 2nd edition

By George E. Curtis & R. Bruce McBride; Reviewed by Chris Hertig, CPP

***** Proactive Security Administration, 2nd edition. By George E. Curtis & R. Bruce McBride. Prentice Hall;; 272 pages; $77.40.

The second edition of Proactive Security Administration revisits the basics of security management and adds current theory and emerging trends, including enterprise risk management; homeland security and emergency management; and compliance.

Among the interesting issues addressed in the chapter on human resources are a discussion of how to assign risk factors of positions to job analysis and a formula for determining staffing levels. But there is no discussion of labor unions and their role in regulation and training.

The emergency management and homeland security chapter offers a balanced, holistic treatment of the relevant topics, including a discussion of primary, secondary, and tertiary explosives and how they operate. This is solid, timely information, if not exhaustive. Other important topics explored in the text include gap analysis, the multiple roles of security officers, and public-private cooperation.

While a law enforcement flavor may alienate some readers, and the index is not complete, Proactive Security Administration is well written. It marries traditional thinking to contemporary and future loss problems. It is a worthwhile addition to the bookshelves of academicians, students, and practitioners.

Reviewer: Chris Hertig, CPP, CPOI (Certified Protection Officer Instructor) is a member of the ASIS Council on Academic and Training Programs. He was co-editor for The Professional Protection Officer: Practical Security Strategies and Emerging Trends and has published extensively regarding professional development in security.



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