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REVIEW: "Effective Physical Security", Lawrence J. Fennelly

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    BKEFPHSC.RVW 20020503 Effective Physical Security , Lawrence J. Fennelly, 1997, 0-7506-9873-X, U$44.99 %A Lawrence J. Fennelly %C 225 Wildwood Street,
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      "Effective Physical Security", Lawrence J. Fennelly, 1997,
      0-7506-9873-X, U$44.99
      %A Lawrence J. Fennelly
      %C 225 Wildwood Street, Woburn, MA 01801
      %D 1997
      %G 0-7506-9873-X
      %I Butterworth-Heinemann/CRC Press/Digital Press
      %O U$44.99 1-800-366-BOOK
      %P 289 p.
      %T "Effective Physical Security, Second Edition"

      Physical security tends to be an isolated, arcane, and misunderstood
      field: the general public tends to see it as inconvenient and
      unnecessary, and the practitioners tend to learn it by (often
      difficult) experience. This book has a number of gaps in coverage,
      but provides useful guidance in a number of areas.

      Part one is involved with design. Chapter one starts by suggesting
      that security be first considered at the initial architecting stage,
      and then goes on to provide a number of checklists of points to
      consider. The lists are good, and fairly comprehensive, but terse,
      and without much explanation. One item, for example, notes "[l]ines
      of vision," without going into details about considerations for sight
      lines from guard positions over entrances and driveways, from the
      street into and around buildings, and for the occupants to the
      entrances and surrounding area. Chapter two discusses security
      surveys and risk analysis. The main body has explanatory material
      (including pointers on how to write and present such an assessment)
      and is backed up by appendices detailing questions and elements for
      different types of studies. Extensive detail on environmental
      (exterior) design, including landscaping and parking, is provided in
      chapter three. A more conceptual overall review of physical security
      is given in chapter four.

      Part two deals with equipment. Chapter five explains considerations
      for physical barriers such as doors, roofs, and fences. The coverage
      of locks is possibly more than anyone except a locksmith might want,
      but chapter six does outline a number of considerations that would be
      important, even for non-specialists. Vaults and safes are discussed
      in chapter seven. Chapter eight's material on lights and lighting is
      somewhat more generic, but still useful. Intrusion sensors and alarms
      are covered in chapter nine. Provision for, and the requirements of,
      closed circuit television (CCTV) is explained briefly in chapter ten.
      Chapter eleven is a very short look at wiretapping. Physical access
      to computer systems gets chapter twelve all to itself. Chapter
      thirteen reviews electronic access control systems, and the need for
      integration and management.

      Part three discusses operations. Chapter fourteen takes a rather
      optimistic view of the capabilities and responsibilities of security
      guards (and is also the only chapter to mention fire and safety
      considerations). Bomb incident handling is outlined in chapter
      fifteen. Chapter sixteen, on public relations and the media, also
      contains discussion of how to promote security awareness within your
      own organization.

      While missing some areas of physical security, such as fire, safety,
      and disaster response, this is an extremely informative and useful
      guide. It is concise, readable, and reliable. I recommend this book
      to managers of physical plant, security guard firms (often asked for
      security assessments and resources), and information security
      professionals (who generally lack experience and knowledge of the
      physical aspects of their field).

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 2002 BKEFPHSC.RVW 20020503


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