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The Complete Manual of Corporate and Industrial Security.

Russell L. Bintliff's text, The Complete Manual of Corporate and Industrial Security, begins in a promising manner but ultimately disappoints the reader. In accordance with prevailing thought, it encourages security managers to have a positive attitude toward budget requests and to present security as an essential part of the business. Management and leadership skills, such as learning to recognize the symptoms, causes, and solutions for frustration and burnout, are also covered.

The author is, however, tenuous and uncertain when it comes to discussing technology. Technology continues to play a greater role in security, and the title of this book leads the reader to expect a positive and accurate representation of this important topic. Instead of Presenting technology as an opportunity, the author treats technology as "...a problem for the security professional stemming from an inundation of high-tech equipment and the perplexing problem of which system to choose." Having identified the problem, Bintliff offers only vague solutions.

For example, nowhere is the application of technology more important than in securing computer facilities. Yet, the book's checklist for a physical security survey of a computer facility barely covers technological solutions. Instead it dwells on more mundane subjects. Eleven out of the checklist's thirty-three questions refer to visitor and employee badges. only one question each is devoted to developing procedures to cope with fire, flooding, bomb threats, loss of information, and unauthorized intrusions.

The book's other security checklists cover a variety of issues. While they are convenient and helpful, in many cases they are incomplete. The text also appears to have been hurriedly and inconsistently edited.

Bintliff's target audience, whom he identifies as security experts, is missed entirely. Experts would find the guidance too elementary. While its focus is more that of a primer for students of security and professionals just starting their careers, its misdirections and inaccuracies make it a poor choice even for the beginner.
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Author:Hansen, Michael J.
Publication:Security Management
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Date:Sep 1, 1993
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