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Effective Security Management

Effective Security Management, 5e, teaches practicing security professionals how to build their careers by mastering the fundamentals of good management. Charles Sennewald brings a time-tested blend of common sense, wisdom, and humor to this bestselling introduction to workplace dynamics. Working with a team of sterling contributors endowed with cutting-edge technological expertise, the book presents the most accurately balanced picture of a security manager’s duties. Its Jackass Management cartoons also wittily illustrate the array of pitfalls a new manager must learn to avoid in order to lead effectively. In short, this timely revision of a classic text retains all the strengths that have helped the book endure over the decades and adds the latest resources to support professional development.

Hardbound, 360 Pages

Published: April 2011

Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann

ISBN: 978-0-12-382012-9


  • "This excellent book is another reminder of Chuck's top-shelf standing among security professionals." ~John J. Fay, author of Contemporary Security Management and owner-operator of learningshopusa.com

    "You can’t be in the security industry and consider yourself a professional without being in utter awe of Chuck Sennewald’s remarkable career and accomplishments. The most difficult textbook to write is one that is grounded in common sense and written in a simple and to-the-point style. The fifth edition of his classic, Effective Security Management, is that kind of book. The economy of words-saying all that needs to be said, but not a word more-is elegant. Revised and updated, this book should be in everyone’s professional library-whether student or practitioner." ~John J. Strauchs, co-author of Private Security Trends 1970-2000: The Hallcrest Report II

    "Of the five books authored or co-authored by Charles Sennewald that I have read, the fifth edition of Effective Security Management is simply the best. Chuck hit the bulls-eye on this, as its all-encompassing nature ensures that there is something in the book for security practitioners of every level." ~Leslie Cole, Sr., CPP, CST, Member of the Board - IAPSC, Council Vice President - ASIS International

    "The fifth edition of this comprehensive work on security management for corporations and institutions presents the fundamentals of effective security practices updated to address the latest trends and contemporary challenges in the field. Rather than focusing on particular types of businesses or narrow aspects of security such as site security or data protection, this volume teaches best practices for establishing a solid security regime across all aspects of an entity's internal and external processes. The work is divided into five sections covering general security management, security personnel management, operational management, public relations and the perils of mismanagement. Individual chapters address such topics as the role of security and the security director in organizational structures, hiring and training security personnel, contracting, planning and budgeting, administrative tasks, policy and procedure development and implementation, building an internal security culture, and relationships with law enforcement and the community. Individual chapters include illustrations, tables, summaries and review exercises. Sennewald is a security consultant and a former security director for retail firms."--Book News, Reference & Research

    "The intent of this most recent edition of Effective Security Management is to focus on one goal-providing security managers with a base of knowledge, attitudes, and practices similar to that of other management professions. The author has certainly achieved his goal. This well-structured book can be used as a security professional’s template for setting up and organizing effective security operations in virtually any setting."--Security Management



    Chapter 1: General Principles of Organization

    Chapter 2: Organizational Structure

    Chapter 3: Security's Role in the Organization

    Chapter 4: The Director's Role

    Chapter 5: The Security Supervisor's Role

    Chapter 6: The Individual Security Employee


    Chapter 7: Hiring Security Personnel

    Chapter 8: Job Descriptions

    Chapter 9: Training

    Chapter 10: Discipline

    Chapter 11: Motivation and Morale

    Chapter 12: Promotions

    Chapter 13: Communication

    Chapter 14: Career (Proprietary) vs. Noncareer (and Contract) Personnel


    Chapter 15: Planning and Budgeting

    Chapter 16: Program Management

    Chapter 17: Risk

    Chapter 18: The Security Survey

    Chapter 19: Office Administration

    Chapter 20: Written Policies and Procedures

    Chapter 21: Computers and Security Management

    Chapter 22: Statistics as a Security Management Tool


    Chapter 23: Selling Security within the Organization

    Chapter 24: Relationship with Law Enforcement

    Chapter 25: Relationship with the Industry

    Chapter 26: Community Relations (proposed revision by Kevin O’Brien, CPP, VP in the Corporate Security Department of Bank of New York Mellon)


    Chapter 27: Jackass Management Traits


    A: Employee Performance Evaluation

    B: Security Vulnerability Survey

    C: Selected Security-Related Organizations

    D: Suggested Security/Loss Prevention Reference Sources


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