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Introduction to Security - 7th Edition - ISBN: 9780080470016

Introduction to Security

7th Edition

Author: Robert Fischer
eBook ISBN: 9780080470016
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 25th November 2003
Page Count: 570
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Introduction to Security, Seventh Edition, presents the latest in security issues from security equipment and design theory to security management practice. This complete revision of the classic textbook has been reorganized to reflect the industry changes since the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks.

It includes new coverage throughout of terrorism as it relates to cargo and travel security, potential areas of attack and target hardening techniques, and the use of current technologies to combat new threats.

The book begins with a new chapter on the development of Homeland Security in the United States. Traditional physical and guard security is covered in addition to advances in the electronic and computer security areas, including biometric security, access control, CCTV surveillance advances, as well as the growing computer security issues of identity theft and computer fraud.

The Seventh Edition provides the most comprehensive breakdown of security issues for the student while detailing the latest trends, legislation, and technology in the private and government sectors for real-world application in students' future careers. As the definitive resource for anyone entering or currently working in the security industry, this book will also benefit law enforcement personnel, security consultants, security managers, security guards and other security professionals, and individuals responsible for Homeland Security.

Key Features

  • Examines the attacks of September 11th, 2001 and the lasting impact on the security industry
    * Expanded figures and photographs support new coverage of emerging security issues
    * Recommended reading for the American Society for Industrial Security's (ASIS) Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and Physical Security Professional (PSP) exams


Undergraduate and graduate students of Security and Criminal Justice, law enforcement personel, security consultants, security managers, security guards and other security professionals, individuals responsible for Homeland Security

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction and Security's Function
1: Homeland Security -- Changing the Emphasis on Security in the United States
2: Origins and Development of Security
3: Defining Security's Role
4: The Proprietary Security Organization
5: Career Opportunities in Loss Prevention
6: Security Education, Training, Certification, and Regulation
Part II: Basics of Defense
7: Security and the Law
8: Risk Analysis and the Security Survey
9: The Outer Defenses: Building and Perimeter Protection
10: Interior and Exterior Security Concerns
11: The Inner Defenses: Intrusion and Access Control
12: Fire Protection, Safety, and Emergency Planning
13: Insurance
14: Internal Theft Controls
15: Personnel Policies for Internal Security
Part III: Specific Threats and Solutions
16: Transportation/Cargo Security
17: Workplace Violence: Prevention and Intervention
18: Drugs in the Workplace
19: Retail Security
20: Terrorism and Other Tools of Destruction
21: Computer and Information Security
22: Specific Security Threats
23: Security: Its Problems, Its Future


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© Butterworth-Heinemann 2004
25th November 2003
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About the Author

Robert Fischer

Robert Fischer is President of Assets Protection Associates, Inc., a security consulting firm established in 1986. He earned his Ph.D. in education administration from Southern Illinois University in 1981. Dr. Fischer has served as a consultant to many organizations, including publishers, private security firms, retailers, and school districts. Dr. Fischer is a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the American Society for industrial Security, The Academy if Security Educators and Trainers, and the International Police Association. He recently retired from his positions as the Director of Illinois Law Enforcement Executive Institute, a project of the Illinois Law Enforcement and Standards Board, and as a professor of law enforcement and justice administration at Western Illinois University.

Affiliations and Expertise

Western Illinois University (retired); President, Assets Protection Associates, Inc., Macomb, IL, USA


The authors faced a forbidding task of making the latest version relevant, but they have succeeded. The book has been revamped not only in content but in organization as well. provides an excellent entree into and update on a wide variety of issues. It is clear why the book had reached its seventh edition. - Security Management

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