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Risk Analysis and Security Countermeasure Selection Named ASIS International Security Book of the Year

Alexandria, VA 2016-11-01

ASIS International (ASIS), the world's largest association for security management professionals, has named the second edition of Risk Analysis and Security Countermeasure Selection ​by Thomas L. Norman, CPP, PSP, the 2016 Security Book of the Year. Published in 2015 by CRC press, the award-winning book examines the core principles of the risk analysis lifecycle, demonstrates how to estimate the efficiency of security countermeasures, and presents updated case studies and methodologies for addressing existing and future threats.

"In one comprehensive reference manual, the author seamlessly blends risk analysis methodologies and the effective and logical paths to countermeasures," said Dr. Michael J. Fagel, Homeland Security Analyst, Argonne National Laboratory and Chair, ASIS International, 2016 Book Award Committee. "This book captures the essence of what security practitioners face on a daily basis."

Awarded annually since 2014, the ASIS Book of the Year is selected by a committee of ASIS International members who, throughout the year, read and review an array of security books, nominating one that stands out. The final nominated titles are anonymously rated by electronic ballot and the winning title named the "security book of the year".

Previous winners include Soft Target Hardening: Protecting People from Attack by Dr. Jennifer Hesterman and Crisis Management and Emergency Planning by Dr. Michael J. Fagel.


Thomas L. Norman, CPP, PSP, is an internationally acclaimed security risk management consultant with experience in the United States, Middle East, Europe, Africa, and Asia.  As the author of the industry reference manual in integrated security system design, and with more than 35 years of experience in design, construction management, and commissioning, Mr. Norman is one of the profession's leading design consultants. He has developed formulas and detailed processes that are used by security professionals to calculate the effectiveness of security programs and security program elements and overall security program cost-effectiveness. Mr. Norman has authored five books and co-authored two others. 

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ASIS International (ASIS) is the largest membership organization for security management professionals that crosses industry sectors, embracing every discipline along the security spectrum from operational to cybersecurity. Founded in 1955, ASIS is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness of security professionals at all levels.

Through hundreds of chapters across the globe, ASIS develops and delivers board certifications and industry standards, hosts networking opportunities, publishes the award-winning Security Management magazine, and offers educational programs, including the Annual Seminar and Exhibits—the security industry's most influential event. Whether providing thought leadership through the CSO Roundtable for the industry's most senior executives or advocating before business, government, or the media, ASIS is focused on advancing the profession, and ensuring that the security community has access to intelligence, resources, and technology needed within the business enterprise.