This is the first book to introduce the full spectrum of security and risks and their management. Author and field expert Bruce Newsome helps readers learn how to understand, analyze, assess, control, and generally manage security and risks from the personal to the operational. They will develop the practical knowledge and skills they need, including analytical skills, basic mathematical methods for calculating risk in different ways, and more artistic skills in making judgments and decisions about which risks to control and how to control them.

Physical (Site) Security

Physical (site) security

This chapter covers site security (also: physical security). The sections below define site security, review site risks, describe site security services, give advice on site location, describe how to control access to sites, describe passive perimeters, describe surveillance and counter-surveillance, and explain security engineering (protective materials and construction).


Site security is the security of a defined space (the site). The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) (2012b) define physical security as “physical measures designed to safeguard personnel, to prevent unauthorized access to equipment, installations, material, and documents, and to safeguard them against espionage, sabotage, damage, and theft.” The U.K. Ministry of Defense (MOD) (2009b) defines physical security as “that part of National Security that ...

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