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ASIS International Publishes New Book

Implementing Physical Protection Systems: A Practical Guide, 2nd Edition

Alexandria, Va. 2013-06-07

​This book is written as a guide for security professionals for the implementation of physical protection systems (PPSs). It is also intended as study material for the ASIS International Physical Security Professional (PSP) certification examination. This new second edition represents a significant update and reorganization of the content presented in the first edition.

The book, which is comprised of nine chapters, provides the reader with a comprehensive overview of PPSs from pure definition, project planning, and procurement to procedure development, installation, and maintenance. It also examines evaluation and eventual replacement of physical protection systems.  


David G. Patterson, CPP, PSP, is a principal partner in Patterson & Associates International Consulting, an international corporate security consulting firm. Mr. Patterson has over 30 years’ experience as a corporate safety and security manager and consultant for the worldwide operations of high technology companies, industrial companies, schools, and the United States government. He is a recognized author and trainer with the ASIS Physical Security Council in the fields of security systems integration, project management, policies and procedures, safety, and business continuity planning. He has also served on the faculty for the Physical Security Professional (PSP) certification reviews program.

Mr. Patterson has conducted in-depth antiterrorism assessments, risk analyses, and vulnerability studies, and he has developed and implemented security and safety policies, standards, and procedures for several organizations. In addition, he has designed complex access control, closed-circuit television, intrusion detection, and alarm systems for large industrial sites, seaports, offshore facilities, airports, schools, and building complexes.

He has performed numerous crime demographic studies and vulnerability assessments of properties. In addition, Mr. Patterson is qualified as a security expert witness in litigation involving allegations of crime foreseeability, inadequate security, faulty security systems, premises liability, and security officer negligence. 

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​ASIS International is the leading organization for security professionals, with more than 38,000 members worldwide. Founded in 1955, ASIS is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and productivity of security professionals by developing educational programs and materials that address broad security interests, such as the ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits, as well as specific security topics. ASIS also advocates the role and value of the security management profession to business, the media, government entities and the public. By providing members and the security community with access to a full range of programs and services, and by publishing the industry’s No. 1 magazine—Security Management—ASIS leads the way for advanced and improved security performance.