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In confronting risk, individuals and all agencies cannot simply respond with endless resources in mitigating the damage that hazards engender—they have to establish a balance. Risk Balance and Security combines the conceptual underpinnings of risk assessment and management at both the individual and agency level with a clear analysis of how these relate to challenges faced in responding to crime, terrorism, public health threats, and environmental disasters. With a new understanding of how decisions are made about threats and hazards, and how this understanding may be applied in our preparedness, prevention, and response strategies, we will be able to better conceptualize our task for enhancing security in the future.

Concluding Thoughts
Concluding thoughts
Becoming Secure: What Have We Learned?

References to security are extensive and are often preceded by adjectives that add some insight into what is at stake: discussions of social security, financial security, national security, private security, homeland security, border security, and Internet security tend to prevail. A recent Google search (in May 2007) came up with nearly 6 billion hits associated with the term, compared with 1.9 billion hits less than 2 years before, in September 2005. No longer a concept limited to the realm of politics and state relations (as in national security), security has become a marketable commodity—at all levels, from the individual and institutional levels, to the state level. Spending on items that supposedly enhance personal security and corporate security ...

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