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|Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2003 10:53 pm Post subject: Book Review - Rethinking Corporate Security Post 9/11
Rethinking Corporate Security In The Post 9/11 Era
Author(s): Dennis R. Dalton
Book Specifications: Hard Cover, 331 pages.
Category: Security Operations Management
User Level: Advanced (Advanced Management Skills needed)
Suggested Publisher Price: $39.95 USA
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Description: The attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 changed the way the world thinks about security. Everyday citizens learned how national security, international politics, and the economy are inextricably linked to business continuity and corporate security. Corporate leaders were reminded that the security of business, intellectual, and human assets has a tremendous impact on an organizationís long-term viability.
In Rethinking Corporate Security, Fortune 500 consultant Dennis Dalton helps security directors, CEOs, and business managers understand the fundamental role of security in today's business environment and outlines the steps to protect against corporate loss. He draws on the insights of such leaders as Jack Welch, Bill Gates, Charles Schwab, and Tom Peters in this unique review of securityís evolving role and the development of a new management paradigm.
Although certainly directed at a limited audience, this book gives a 'no bones about it' view of the existing state of physical security measures. It proceeds to go into detail explaining the problem and the cure without forcing the reader to struggle through any political hype. Dennis Dalton is at his best when speaking out on the topic of legal experts in the Security field.
This is a must-have book for all those involved in the safety of lives and property of a large business concern.
Contents at a Glance
To give you a feel for what the book covers, I have listed the sections below:
Part One: The Changing Environment of Security Management
Part Two: The Mechanics of Success - Using a Strategic Approach
Part Three: The Art of Management and the Successful Security Manager
Review comments on Part 1
This section is the prelude to the entire book. It sets up the existing Security environment as it is today, and points out the failures and non-functioning relationships of the business of providing Security at the present time. It's interesting to note Mr. Dalton's reasoning of why the Rainbow Threat Matrix (developed by the Homeland Security Office) simply won't work in today's complex world.
I suggest the reader pay very close attention to the information concerning the "Expert Witness Trap". In our quest to fill the safety needs of our management concerns, we can find ourselves involved in a civil liberties denying witch-hunt in the United States which would make the Crusades appear as a warm-up exercise.
Review comments on Part 2
Now that the author has got you to thinking of the many pitfalls involved in providing security in today's world, he shows you a good method of planning which is concentrated around a strategic approach. Included are several traps which chief security officers (CSOs) and security managers may run across, and methods of solving said traps.
Review comments on Part 3
Wrapping it up, Dennis Dalton tells a few "war stories" to display the underlying concepts in getting the job done. He explains how to use the tools at hand to explore many factors in an integrated way. Of the three parts of this book, this one is the easiest to read and comprehend, yet the least focused.
This book is extremely dry and difficult to get through. However, if you truly wish to improve your own skills, and the effectiveness of your Corporation's security focus, you need to read this. Don't be afraid to highlight or underline passages in the pages, for you will find yourself repeatedly referring back to these passages as you progress further into the book.
I very highly recommend this book to those who are Corporate executives, business managers, chief security officers (CSOs) and security managers, independent security consultants, and law enforcement administrators. You may find yourself grumbling over your ability to stay focused on what the Author is trying to get across, but I assure you it is worth the effort to come to an understanding of the concepts presented within the pages.
I have to give this an SFDC Rating of 7/10. A dry, but dependable read for those involved in the topic's profession.
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