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A Practical Introduction to Security and Risk Management

A Practical Introduction to Security and Risk Management

First Edition

October 2013 | 408 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This is the first book to introduce the full spectrum of security and risks and their management. Author and field expert Bruce Newsome helps readers learn how to understand, analyze, assess, control, and generally manage security and risks from the personal to the operational. They will develop the practical knowledge and skills they need, including analytical skills, basic mathematical methods for calculating risk in different ways, and more artistic skills in making judgments and decisions about which risks to control and how to control them.

Organized into 16 brief chapters, the book shows readers how to: analyze security and risk; identify the sources of risk (including hazards, threats, and contributors); analyze exposure and vulnerability; assess uncertainty and probability; develop an organization’s culture, structure, and processes congruent with better security and risk management; choose different strategies for managing risks; communicate and review; and manage security in the key domains of operations, logistics, physical sites, information, communications, cyberspace, transport, and personal levels.

Chapter 1. Introduction: Why Security and Risk Management Matters
Chapter 2. Security and Capacity
Chapter 3. Risk
Chapter 4. Hazards, Threats, and Contributors
Chapter 5. Target Vulnerability and Exposure
Chapter 6. Probability and Uncertainty
Chapter 7. Events and Returns
Chapter 8. Cultures, Structures, and Processes for Managing Security and Risks
Chapter 9. Tolerability and Sensitivity
Chapter 10. Controls and Strategies
Chapter 11. Recording, Communicating, Assuring, and Auditing
Chapter 12. Operational and Logistical Security
Chapter 13. Physical (Site) Security
Chapter 14. Information, Communications, and Cyber Security
Chapter 15. Transport Security
Chapter 16. Personal Security

“An enlightening and informative compendium of essential practices across the broad spectrum of security risk management. An excellent addition to any management library resource for their Security Management System, or a primer for introducing new managers to the intricacies of security and risk management.”

John Piper
President of Bearing LLC; Manager, ExxonMobil Global Security Engineering and Risk Management (retired)

"An extremely well written book which offers the reader a functional comparison of methods of managing risk whilst providing new interpretations on the operational aspects of risk management. The author clearly describes differing standards and helps you navigate and understand the differences between them. An essential for any manager who actively engages in risk management on a daily basis."

Jennifer Catlin
Operations Manager, School of Health & Social Care, Bournemouth University

"Bruce Newsome has brought together the leading thinking and best practices in security risk management and synthesized them in a way that the student and practitioner of risk management can glean immediate benefit from the application  of Dr. Newsome's systematic approach to the field.  For the neophyte this book provides a structure for learning about and understanding the multidimensional sources of security risk; for the practitioner it updates best practices; for the general public it teaches us to see risks not as a paranoid looking into every corner or to facing life looking over one's shoulder, but as an element of management of our life, our work and the societal demands to minimize and manage  risks responsibly."

Frank Plantan
Co-Director, International Relations Program, University of Pennsylvania

"Rich with examples and practical advice, “A Practical Introduction to Security and Risk Management” by Bruce Newsome offers a comprehensive overview of the salient issues relating to risk and security. The material here ties together work that draws from criminology, security studies, risk analysis, and more. The book expertly ties together  conceptual, methodological and policy frameworks to produce an essential primer for students, researchers, and practitioners. Dr. Newsome adds important global context by including the standards that have been adopted by different countries to respond to security hazards and threats. This is a must read for anyone interested in risk assessment and management."

Leslie W. Kennedy
University Professor and Director, Rutgers Center on Public Security, Rutgers University

This book is well written and provides great theories on security aspects to make students think. It also gives lots of areas for further discussion providing answers but also opening the mind to other views. Great book that will become recommended to the college and students

Mr Gary Howard
Social Science , Hopwood Hall College
March 6, 2016

Added as an additional book for the subject Advanced Intelligence FOR5906

Mr Hennie Lochner
Police Practice, Unisa
May 24, 2015

Strong level of academic context which supports the theoretical topics covered on a Sports Management pathway.

Mr Mike Rayner
Sport and Exercise Department, Portsmouth University
January 31, 2014
Key features


  • The book helps readers develop the practical skills they can use to analyze, assess, and act.
  • An easy-to-understand analytic framework helps readers learn how to recognize and deal with risks.
  • Boxed case studies bring concepts to life.
  • Separate boxes compare definitions.
  • Tables compare processes and strategies.
  • End-of-chapter summaries, exercises, and questions help readers master key content.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 3

Chapter 8

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