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Security Science

The Theory and Practice of Security

Security Science integrates the multi-disciplined practice areas of security into a single structured body of knowledge, where each chapter takes an evidence-based approach to one of the core knowledge categories. The authors give practitioners and students the underlying scientific perspective based on robust underlying theories, principles, models or frameworks. Demonstrating the relationships and underlying concepts, they present an approach to each core security function within the context of both organizational security and homeland security. The book is unique in its application of the scientific method to the increasingly challenging tasks of preventing crime and foiling terrorist attacks. Incorporating the latest security theories and principles, it considers security from both a national and corporate perspective, applied at a strategic and tactical level. It provides a rational basis for complex decisions and begins the process of defining the emerging discipline of security science.


Students in Security, Homeland Security, and Security Science programs in APAC, UK, Middle East and US; security professionals in government and corporate settings worldwide.

Hardbound, 280 Pages

Published: January 2013

Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann

ISBN: 978-0-12-394436-8


  • "Proclaiming to establish the knowledge domain of security on a scientific and professional foundation, Smith…and Brooks…develop a theoretical construct for understanding the concept and management of security and the management of security risk that is based on a hierarchy of concepts and principles associated with asset protection and the processes to achieve asset protection."--Reference & Research Book News, December 2013


  • Chapter 1 Concept of Security

    Chapter 2 Security Risk Management

    Chapter 3 Security Management

    Chapter 4 Business Continuity Management

    Chapter 5 Physical Security

    Chapter 6 Security Detection

    Chapter 7 Knowledge Management

    Chapter 8 Intelligence Led Security

    Chapter 9 Built Environments

    Chapter 10 Homeland Security

    Chapter 11 Future Directions


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