Threat Assessment and Risk Analysis - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128022245, 9780128024935

Threat Assessment and Risk Analysis

1st Edition

An Applied Approach

Authors: Gregory Allen Rachel Derr
eBook ISBN: 9780128024935
Paperback ISBN: 9780128022245
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 5th November 2015
Page Count: 156
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Threat Assessment and Risk Analysis: An Applied Approach details the entire risk analysis process in accessible language, providing the tools and insight needed to effectively analyze risk and secure facilities in a broad range of industries and organizations.

The book explores physical vulnerabilities in such systems as transportation, distribution, and communications, and demonstrates how to measure the key risks and their consequences, providing cost-effective and achievable methods for evaluating the appropriate security risk mitigation countermeasures.

Users will find a book that outlines the processes for identifying and assessing the most essential threats and risks an organization faces, along with information on how to address only those that justify security expenditures.

Balancing the proper security measures versus the actual risks an organization faces is essential when it comes to protecting physical assets. However, determining which security controls are appropriate is often a subjective and complex matter. The book explores this process in an objective and achievable manner, and is a valuable resource for security and risk management executives, directors, and students.

Key Features

  • Guides readers from basic principles to complex processes in a logical, building block fashion
  • Provides a clear, step-by-step process for performing a physical security threat and risk analysis for any organization
  • Covers quantitative and qualitative risks such as operational risk, legal risk, reputational risk, social risks, and economic risks
  • Utilizes the Department of Homeland Security risk assessment framework and best practices, including CARVER, API/NPRA, and RAMCAP


Security Directors, Executives, Managers, and consultants, Risk Directors, Executives, Managers, and consultants, Security and Risk Management students

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction to the Department of Homeland Security
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Homeland Security Platform
    • Risk Analysis and Management for Critical Asset Protection
    • Homeland Security Act of 2002
    • Homeland Security Presidential Directives
  • 2. What is Risk?
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Understanding Physical Security Risk
    • Risk Management
    • Operational Risk
    • Legal Risk (Information Security)
    • Reputational Risk
  • 3. Risk Analysis
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Physical Security Risk Assessments
    • Risk Assessment Method
    • Benefits of Security Assessments
    • Executive Management Role in Risk Analysis
  • 4. Threat Identification and Rating
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • All-Hazards Approach versus Design-Basis Threat
    • Identifying Threats
    • Jurisdictional Threat
    • Identifying Hazards
    • Natural Hazards
    • Man-Made Hazards
  • 5. Risk Identification
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Assets
    • Exposure
    • Losses
  • 6. National Infrastructure Protection Plan and Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources
    • Abstract
    • Asset Identification and Prioritization
    • National Infrastructure Protection Plan
    • Reference
  • 7. Vulnerability Assessment
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Assessing Your Vulnerabilities
  • 8. Vulnerabilities
    • Abstract
    • Physical Security Systems
    • Employee Background Checks
    • Use of Security Officers
    • Emergency Action Plans
  • 9. Risk Assessment
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Considering the Consequences
    • Determining Consequences
    • Risk Assessment: The Applied Approach
    • Risk Definitions
  • 10. Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • History of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
    • Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Categories
    • Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design and Crime Reduction
  • 11. Mitigation and Preparedness
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • A Primer on Risk
    • Security and Safety Engineering
    • Reciprocal Aid Agreements
    • Emergency Preparedness
  • 12. Emergency Action Plans
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Evacuation Procedures, Escape Routes, and Floor Plans
    • Accounting for Everyone After Implementing an Emergency Action Plan
    • Emergencies Outside of the Building
    • Reporting and Alerting Authorities
    • Alerting Staff and Visitors of an Emergency
    • Notifying Next of Kin
    • Identifying a Media Contact Person
    • Training New Staff
    • Policies for Updating and Maintaining the Emergency Action Plan
  • References
    • Printed Resources


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About the Author

Gregory Allen

Affiliations and Expertise

Bellevue University, Bellevue, NE, USA

Rachel Derr

Affiliations and Expertise

Director of Security and Safety in the retail industry


"...the book shows that risk assessment is a process. It doesn’t end once you assess and make a plan; because hazards change, even if your organisation does not. Whatever your sector, this book can be an aid to thinking about risk and threat." --Professional Security Magazine Online

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