1st Edition

Threats in Context Identify, Analyze, Anticipate

By Jean Perois Copyright 2023
    248 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    248 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Threats in Context: Identify, Analyze, Anticipate begins with the premise that a risk assessment is relevant primarily—and hinges upon—the correct evaluation of the threat. According to the author, all the other stages of the risk evaluation are, in fact, dependent on getting the understanding and measurement of the threat right. 

    Despite this truism, many risk assessment methods (i.e., the process of determining the threat) tend to rush through a vague typology, offer minimal classifications, utilize an often-outdated list of potential malevolent actions—all of which are based on precedent occurrences. There should be a way to improve on this: a way to provide security practitioners and analysts better tools to deal with the task of analyzing threats and risk and to prepare for such contingencies appropriately. 

    The book begins with a retrospective on the threats from the 1960s through to the present. The list is long and includes hijackings and airport attacks, piracy, drug smuggling, attacks on trains, pipelines, city-wide multi-site attacks, road attacks, workplace shootings, lone wolf attacks, drone attacks, bombings, IEDs, sniper attacks, random stabbings, and more.

    Terrorism, workplace violence, and active shooter scenarios all present asymmetric problems and unique challenges that require new ways of thinking, operationally, of risk to properly prevent, mitigate, and respond to such threats. The author demonstrates how to develop an appropriate methodology to define both current and emerging threats, providing a five-step process to self-evaluate—to determine an organization’s, a location’s, or a facility’s threats and to plan risk mitigation strategies to accurately identify, minimize, and neutralize such threats. 

    Coverage progressively builds from correctly identifying the root threats—both global and local—to a subsequent understanding of the corollary relationship between threat, vulnerability, and risk, with the threat serving as the fundamental cornerstone of the risk evaluation. As such, Threats in Context will serve as a pivotal resource to security professionals from all backgrounds serving in a variety of fields and industries.

    1. An Abridged History of Threats from the Late 60s to Today: A Retrospective 2. Is Our World Under Threat? 3. The Globalization of Threat 4. The Securitization of Threats 5. The Guest for a Method 6. Anticipating the Threat: Introduction to Forecasting Principles and Techniques 7. And Now …


    Jean Perois, a security practitioner with several decades of experience in the Middle East, is now teaching security studies and international relations in several universities and at the Military academy of St-Cyr Coëtquidan. He is still a security analyst for a French consultancy  for which he covers the Middle-Eastern region. Jean Perois holds a PhD in politics and International Relations, is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and a Chartered Security Professional (CSyP). He currently lives in France.