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Corporate Security in the Asia-Pacific Region

Crisis, Crime, Fraud, and Misconduct, 1st Edition

By Christopher J. Cubbage, CPP, David J. Brooks, PhD

CRC Press

242 pages | 49 B/W Illus.

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As corporations and governments become more litigious and risk averse, international risk management becomes more complex. Corporate Security in the Asia-Pacific Region: Crisis, Crime, Fraud, and Misconduct examines real cases of corporate crisis, crime, fraud, and other misconduct that corporate security professionals need to be aware of to effectively protect people, operations, and assets within the region.

Current security threats and risks are addressed to help readers conduct an informed risk assessment and analysis of operational risk. Providing detailed guidance on how to address the unique threats and risks in this dynamic and growing business environment, the book:

  • Presents an overview of the region, with relevant historical background
  • Offers recent case examples of crime and common issues facing a given region or country
  • Highlights the range and frequency of corporate security-related breaches and crimes specific to countries in the region
  • Provides detailed write-ups of every country in the region including the major players—Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines
  • Outlines security best practices for navigating the political and law enforcement challenges involved with operating in the region

This book provides readers with the regional snapshot andgeo-political background needed to understand the cultural differences, challenges, and the state of affairs for any country in the region. Filled with detailed cases of crime, theft of trade secrets, risk factors, and best practices, this book provides the real-world understanding you’ll need to conduct better-informed security management that will lead to improved decisions on how to protect your people and assets in the Asia-Pacific region.


" … provides a detailed discussion of the current status of security in the Asia-Pacific region … will prepare both security managers and security practitioners for the many risks and threats that populations and commercial organizations will encounter in international business and foreign affairs. … The authors are to be commended for the structure and analysis of the topics within the book, with comprehensive description and discussion of the need for asset protection and recovery. There is no comparable book on the international market and, as such, it is at the leading edge of advanced security management texts for the serious consideration of asset protection."

—Clifton Smith PhD, Hon. Professor of Security Science, Electron Science Research Institute, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia

" … commonsense advice … a valuable book for corporate security libraries anywhere in the world."

ASIS Dynamics

Table of Contents

Security in the Asia-Pacific Region

The Asia-Pacific Region: An Overview

Asia-Pacific Geopolitical Relationships

Nuclear Defense in the Asia Pacific

Asia-Pacific Financial Centers

Asia-Pacific Regional Centers

Australia: A Critical U.S. and UK Ally

Singapore and Hong Kong Remain Key Finance Centers

Tokyo: Westernized, but Falling

China: Emergence of Beijing and Shanghai

Asia-Pacific Cities

Legal Issues and Regulatory Structures in the Asia-Pacific Region

Bribery and Corruption in the Asia Pacific

Overview of Illicit Drugs in the Asia Pacific

Illicit Drug Use

Drug Production and Manufacture

Drug Trafficking

Drug Law Enforcement Activity in the Asia Pacific

Asia-Pacific Regional Organizations

Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

Asian Regional Forum (ARF)

Asia–Europe Meeting (ASEM)

South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)

Other Forums

Security Associations in the Asia Pacific

ASIS International

Asian Professional Security Association (APSA)

China Security and Protection Industry Association (CSPIA)

Security Association (Singapore), SAS

Security Systems Association of Singapore (SSAS)

Australian Security Industry Association Ltd. (ASIAL)

Transport Asset Protection Association (TAPA)

Risk Management Institute of Australasia (RMIA)

Hong Kong Security and Guarding Services Industry Authority

Hong Kong Security Association (HKSA)

Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers (AIPIO)

Corporate Security

Preventing Bursting Bubbles and Leaky Boats

Prevention Rather Than Reaction

Security Issues Impeding Corporations, CEOs, and Directors

Security’s Role to the Board of Directors

Corporate Security Risk and Director Ethics

Managing Market-Sensitive Information

Security in the Corporate C-Suite

Communicating Security Risk to C-Suite Executives

Security Perception, Culture, and Risk Management

Where Should Security Be in the Corporate Structure?

Security Risk Management

Lack of Risk Management in the Asia Pacific


Security Obligations and Compliance in Risk Management

What Is Reasonable Security?

An International Approach to Risk Management

Security Risk Management




Integrating Threat, Vulnerability, and Criticality

Security Risk Management to Enhance Corporate Governance

Implementing Security Risk Management Systems

Generating a Security Business Case

Effective Risk Communication

Risk Gaming or Gaining Consensus

Drive for a Security Risk Consensus

Security Threats

Realized Threat

Sophisticated Transnational Organized Crime

Food and Product Contamination

Kidnapping and Extortion

Tiger Kidnappings: Prevention the Best Policy

Combating Transnational High-Sea Piracy

World Conflict and Terrorism

Continued Terrorism Events

Synopsis of Terrorism Events

Natural Catastrophic Events and Risk of Global Warming

Market Response to Terrorist and Disaster Events

Security Trends

Beyond 2020: Overview of Regional Security Trends and Technology

The Changing Asia-Pacific Region


Terrorism: Where Has All the Hype Gone?

Civil Unrest: Street Violence and Riots

Fraud and Prevention: Keeping Up

Internal Threat

Smarter External and Online Threat


Workplace Surveillance—What You Can’t Do or Is It Still Worth It?

Unexpected Differences in Privacy Regulations

Changing Technology: Greater Convergence and Complexity

CCTV to Detect People, Weapons, Drugs, and Explosives


Online Corporate Security Vulnerabilities: Changing Use or Abuse of the Web

Better and Directed Security Risk Management

Business Continuity Management

Short-Term Plans: A Surefire Way to Cripple Business

Crisis Counseling versus Self-Assessment and Learning

Greater Professionalism

Defining the Many Parts of Security

Corporate Security as a Cost Center

Raising Corporate Security Culture and Ethics

Increasing Standards

Legislation and Governance

Professional Associations

Increasing Higher Education

Internal Corporate Crime: Crime, Fraud, and Misconduct

Corporate Crime


Internal Theft

Insider Trading

Director Ethical Breaches

Governance and Compliance


Political Misconduct and Scandal

Corruption and Bribery

Supply Chain and Resilience Breakdown—Business Continuity

Workplace Violence

Food and Product Contamination

Failings and Breaches of Technology

Loss and Misuse of Information

External Corporate Threats and Risks

Terrorism and Politically Motivated Violence

Civil Unrest

Regional Conflict

Organized Transnational Crime

Cyber and Electronic Crime

Kidnapping and Extortion


Economic Espionage

Community and Street Crime

Natural Disasters and Catastrophic Incidents

Asia-Pacific Country-Specific Overview









Cook Islands









Marshall Islands






New Zealand


North Korea



Papua New Guinea




Solomon Islands

South Korea

Sri Lanka



Timor Leste (East Timor)




Useful Websites

Travel Sites

Nation-State Governments

Professional Bodies and NGOs




Most chapters include an Introduction, Conclusion, and References

About the Authors

Chris Cubbage, BSc (Hons), CPP, GAICD, AdvDip BusMgt, Dip CI, Dip Pol, is a corporate security and public safety consultant who has provided crisis and risk management advice, and has conducted security audits and investigations for government and private industry around the world. He has more than twenty years combined experience in criminal and civil investigations, in roles as homicide detective with the Western Australia Police Major Crime Squad and senior investigator at the Australian Crime Commission (ACC). Chris has lectured in security risk and physical security at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia, and has published research on the application and recognition of security risk management in Australian public companies. He is the executive editor of the Asia-Pacific Security Magazine and a presenter and producer of MySecurity TV. Through the media and his private consultancy company, Amlec House Pty. Limited, he continues to serve clients in the region and around the world. He is accredited as a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) with ASIS International.

David Brooks, PhD, MSc (Security Science), BSc, ADipEng (Electronics), is a senior security science academic with the Security Research Centre (SECAU) at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia. He conducts research and teaches security risk management, security management, resilience, and security technology evaluation. He is the academic chair of the Security Research Centre Annual Security and Intelligence Conference and is on the editorial committee of the Security Journal. In addition, Dr. Brooks has authored previous books on public space CCTV and the corporate security body of knowledge, and has numerous published articles in international journals and conference proceedings.

Dr. Brooks has been previously employed by the Australian Defence Department as the Western Australia regional fixed plant and equipment contract manager. During this period, he was primarily responsible for the development, implementation, and maintenance of the strategic process of facility plant maintenance and management. Other past employment included seven years within the commercial security environment as a technical consultant and thirteen years in the Royal Air Force (UK) as a development technician in defense radar systems.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Facility Management
COMPUTERS / Information Technology
LAW / Criminal Law / General