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Threat Assessment: A Risk Management Approach.

Threat Assessment: A Risk Management Approach. By James T. Turner, Ph.D., and Michael G. Gelles, Psy.D.; published by the Haworth Press. 800/429-6784 (phone), (Web); 182 pages; $24.95.

One of the most notorious terms in the security industry is "risk management." Various experts put their unique spin on the term, making consistent application of the principle difficult. This book adopts a levelheaded, systematic approach to risk management, yielding an excellent tool for security professionals, law enforcement, and human resource managers.

At the heart of the book is the threat of workplace violence and how to prepare, intervene, and respond to it. For example, authors James Turner and Michael Gelles simply and plainly explain such topics as forming cross-functional crisis-management teams and updating workplace violence response plans.


One of the most valuable aspects of the assessment process discussed in the book is conducting investigations. The authors provide excellent guidance in developing clues, conducting data analysis, targeting appropriate interviewees, retaining key records, and sequencing witness interviews. And this discussion is free of jargon.

This book posits a well-rounded risk-management approach that focuses on workplace violence, covering such topics as disgruntled employees, cyberstalking, and executives' vulnerabilities. As a well-thought-out, lean explication of these issues, this book is a fine choice.

Reviewer: Steven Adler, who holds an M.S. in Business Management from Rensselaer's Lally School of Management, is audit manager for Health Net, Inc. He serves on the Business Practices Council of A SIS International. He is also a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association.
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Author:Adler, Steven
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Feb 1, 2004
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