Here's How Real Security Systems Should Be Designed

Author: Carlton Purvis, Published on Nov 13, 2013

One of the best books in our industry is Mary Lynn Garcia's Design and Evaluation of Physical Protection Systems where she expertly argues for rigorous security designs rather than the all too common technique of throwing up devices and hoping to deter adversaries. In this special interview, we speak with Garcia about her approach and how to practically apply it.

Security System Golden Formula

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Comments (8)

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*'** ***** ** ** "* *****" ** * ********** **********, not **** ** * ******** **********.

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***** ******* *** *****!

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