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Soft Target Hardening Named 2019 ASIS Security Industry Book of the Year

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Award-winning book by Jennifer Hesterman, Ph.D. offers a comprehensive approach to increasing organizational security in addressing growing criminal, terrorist, and mass-casualty threats and vulnerabilities

Alexandria, VA (July 31, 2019)ASIS International, the world’s largest association for security management professionals, today announced Soft Target Hardening: Protecting People from Attack (Second Edition) by Jennifer Hesterman, Ph.D., was selected as the 2019 ASIS Security Industry Book of the Year.

“Increasing instances of active shooter assaults underline a universal truth in security: It is easier to commit crime or terrorism when a facility has minimal security [otherwise known as soft targets]. Author Jennifer Hesterman, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, draws upon her experience securing military assets overseas and applies it to protecting soft targets in the domestic and civilian space,” stated A. Benjamin Mannes, CPP, chief compliance officer for a Philadelphia-based financial firm and member of the ASIS Philadelphia Chapter. “By adopting the principles in this book, readers can take an important first step to recognizing and mitigating threats to their organizations.”

The ASIS Security Industry Book of the Year is selected by a panel of ASIS members who review member-authored titles using criteria including relevancy to today’s security threats, importance of the subject in the field, and the uniqueness of the coverage of a new security concept, idea or technology. Runners-up for the 2019 award include Reawakening America: Leadership, Vigilance, and Collaboration (Vincent Bove, CPP), and Workplace Violence: Issues in Threat Management (Christine M. Holbrook, David E. Bixler, Eugene A. Rugala, Carri Casteel).

“I am truly humbled by this award. Being recognized for a second time by the world’s leading organization in security management is an honor of a lifetime,” said Dr. Hesterman. “It is my sincere hope that organizations in both the private and public sectors gain new perspectives and knowledge in order to better protect their workplaces, public spaces and other assets.”

Dr. Hesterman will be honored and will sign copies of her book at 10:00 am on Monday, 9 September in the ASIS Bookstore at Global Security Exchange (GSX), the security industry’s flagship event. She will also be interviewed by ASIS TV at the ASIS Hub (booth 2027) on Tuesday, 10 September at 2:00 pm. Her book will be available for purchase in the bookstore onsite at GSX and is available now at the ASIS Online Store.

Past ASIS Book of the Year winners have included:

To learn more about how you can be considered for next year’s ASIS Security Industry Book of the Year, please email [email protected].


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About ASIS International

Founded in 1955, ASIS International is the world's largest membership organization for security management professionals. With hundreds of chapters across the globe, ASIS is recognized as the premier source for learning, networking, standards, and research. Through its board certifications, award-winning Security Management magazine, and Global Security Exchange (formerly the Annual Seminar and Exhibits)—the most influential event in the profession—ASIS ensures its members and the security community have access to the intelligence and resources necessary to protect their people, property, and information assets.  Learn more about the work we do at