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Dr Dave Brooks

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 6304 5788, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO18.246
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  6304 5788  
Facsimile: (61 8)  6304 5811  
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO18.246  


David is a Senior Lecturer in Security Science in the School of Computer and Security Science and a member of the ECU Security Research Institute.

Current Teaching

  • SCY1101/SCY4101 - Security and Risk Management
  • SCY4108 - Building Management Systems
  • SCY4411/SCY5203 - Advanced Security Risk Management


Prior to taking up the Security Science position with Edith Cowan University, David was employed by the Australian Defence Department as the Western Australian Regional Contract Manager for fixed plant and equipment. He was primarily responsible for the development, implementation and maintenance of the strategic process of facility plant maintenance and management. In addition, his other responsibilities included facility management and contract administration of all plant and equipment operations and maintenance activities within the West Australian region.

Previous employment included seven years within the commercial security environment as a technical consultant and 13 years in the Royal Air Force (UK) as a Development Engineer in Defence Radar and Display systems.

Professional Associations

  • ASIS International, WA Chapter Treasurer

Awards and Recognition

University and National Teaching Awards

  • School of Engineering Distinguished Service Award for Service (2004)

Research Areas and Interests

  • Entropic security decay: Developing an understanding on how to define and measure characteristics that reduce the commissioning effectiveness of security as a mitigation system.
  • Security Science body of knowledge: Understanding, defining and developing Organisational security.
  • Resilience within Security: Both within an organisation and as a vetting tool.
  • Security risk management: Use of psychometric multidimensional scaling to present knowledge structure and better understand social risk.
  • Psychometric concept mapping of expert knowledge structure, such as security risk managers and security body of knowledge. Mapping concepts and social risks, such as terrorism.
  • Defeat evaluation of security technology.
  • Building management systems (BMS) vulnerabilities.
  • CCTV.

Staff Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Curtin University of Technology, 2008 .
  • Master, Edith Cowan University, 2003 .
  • BSc (Bachelor of Science), Edith Cowan University, 1999 .


Recent Research Grants

  • Review of Vulnerability in Smart Grid Appliances and Networks,  Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet,  Grant - Research Support For National Security,  2010 - 2011,  $77,154.
  • Building Management Systems Security Vulnerabilities,  Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet,  Dept of Prime Minister and Cabinet - Grant,  2010 - 2011,  $19,965.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)


  • Smith, C., Brooks, D., (2013), Security Science: The theory and practice of security., 280, Oxford, UK.
  • Cubbage, C., Brooks, D., (2012), Corporate Security in the Asia Pacific Region: Crisis, Crime, Fraud and Misconduct., 242, Boca Raton.

Book Chapters

  • Brooks, D., Corkill, J., (2014), Corporate security and the stratum of security management. Corporate Security in the 21st Century: Theory and Practice in International Perspective, 216-234, Basingstoke, UK.
  • Brooks, D., Smith, C., (2014), Engineering Principles in the Protection of Assets. Handbook of Security, 107-132, Basingstoke, England.
  • Sarre, R., Brooks, D., Smith, C., Draper, R., (2014), Current and emerging technologies employed to abate crime and to promotes security. The Routledge Handbook of International Crime and Justice Studies, 327-349, USA.
  • Brooks, D., (2014), Intrusion Detection Systems in the Protection of Assets. Handbook of Security, 683-704, Basingstoke.
  • Sarre, R., Brooks, D., Smith, C., Draper, R., (2013), Emerging Technologies Employed to Abate Crime and to Promote Security. The Routledge Handbook of International Crime and Justice Studies, 327-349, Abingdon.
  • Brooks, D., (2012), Security threats and risks of Intelligent Building Systems: Protecting facilities from current and emerging vulnerabilities. Securing Critical Infrastructures and Critical Control Systems: Approaches for Threat Protection, 1-16, Hershey, PA, USA, DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2659-1.ch001.
  • Braes, B., Brooks, D., (2011), Organisational Resilience: Understanding and identifying the essential concepts. Safety and Security Engineering IV, 117-128, Southampton, UK.

Journal Articles

  • Frohde, K., Brooks, D., (2014), Is emergency management an integrated element of business continuity management? A case study with security professionals in Western Australia. Journal of Business Continuity & Emergency Planning, 8(1), 59-69, London.
  • Coole, M., Brooks, D., (2014), Do Security Systems Fail Because of Entropy?. Journal of Physical Security, 7(2), 50-76, Argonne, United States.
  • Brooks, D., (2012), Corporate Security: Using knowledge construction to define a practising body of knowledge. Asian Journal of Criminology, 8(2), 89-101, DOI: 10.1007/s11417-012-9135-1.
  • Griffiths, M., Brooks, D., (2012), Informing security through Cultural Cognition: The influence of cultural bias on operational security. Journal of Applied Security Research, 7(2), 218-238, Binghamton, NY, DOI: 10.1080/19361610.2012.656256.
  • Brooks, D., (2011), Security risk management: A psychometric map of expert knowledge structure. Risk Management, 13(1-2), 17-41, DOI: 10.1057/rm.2010.7.
  • Brooks, D., (2011), Intruder alarm systems: Is the security industry installing and maintaining alarm systems in compliance to Australian Standard AS2201?. Security Journal, 24(2), 101-117, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1057/sj.2009.12.

Conference Publications

  • Separovic, C., Brooks, D., (2014), Efficacy of property marking: police identification of stolen property. 7th Australian Security and Intelligence Conference, 33-40, Perth.
  • Bailey, B., Brooks, D., (2013), Breaking The Theft-Chain-Cycle: Property Marking As A Defensive Tool. The Proceedings of the 6th Australian Security and Intelligence Conference , 1-8, ECU.
  • Frohde, K., Brooks, D., (2013), Is emergency management considered a component of business continuity management?. The Proceedings of the 6th Australian Security and Intelligence Conference , 18-27, Perth.
  • Coole, M., Brooks, D., (2011), Mapping the organizational relations within physical security?s body of knowledge: A management heuristic of sound theory and best practice. Proceedings of the 4th Australian Security and Intelligence Conference, 49-57, Perth, Western Australia.
  • Brooks, D., (2011), Intelligent Buildings: An investigation into current and emerging security vulnerabilities in automated building systems using an applied defeat methodology. Proceedings of the 4th Australian Security and Intelligence Conference, 16-26, Perth, Western Australia.
  • Brooks, D., (2011), Organisational security: From expert knowledge construct to a body of knowledge. Proceedings of the Conference Security in Futures ? Security in Change, 72-82, Turku, Finland.
  • Doleman, R., Brooks, D., (2011), Systemic failures of fire protection equipment in Australian aged care nursing facilities. Proceedings of the 10th EuroFM Research Symposium: Cracking the Productivity Nut, 35-45, Naarden, The Netherlands.
  • Doleman, R., Brooks, D., (2011), A strategy to articulate the facility management knowledge categories within the built environment. Proceedings of the 4th Australian Security and Intelligence Conference, 58-67, Perth, Western Australia.
  • Brooks, D., Cotton, H., (2011), Security risk management in the Asia Pacific region: What are security professional using?. Proceedings of the 4th Australian Security and Intelligence Conference, 27-37, Perth, Western Australia.
  • Brooks, D., (2010), Assessing vulnerabilities of biometric readers using an applied defeat evaluation methodology. The Proceedings of the 3rd Australian Security and Intelligence Conference, 23-34, Perth.
  • Braes, B., Brooks, D., (2010), Organisational resilience: A propositional study to understand and identify the essential concepts. Proceedings of the 3rd Australian Security and Intelligence Conference, 14-22, Perth.
  • Beard, B., Brooks, D., (2010), A comparison of laboratory and vulnerability evaluation methods for the testing security equipment. Proceedings of the 3rd Australian Security and Intelligence Conference, 1-13, Perth.
  • Sargent, R., Brooks, D., (2010), Terrorism in Australia: A psychometric study into the Western Australian public perception of terrorism. Proceedings of the 3rd Australian Security and Intelligence Conference, 63-72, Perth.
  • Griffiths, M., Brooks, D., Corkill, J., (2010), Defining the security professional: Definition through a body of knowledge. Proceedings of the 3rd Australian Security and Intelligence Conference, 44-52, Perth.
  • Brooks, D., Corkill, J., Pooley, JA., Cohen, L., Ferguson, C., Harms, C., (2010), National security: A propositional study to develop resilience indicators as an aid to personnel vetting. Proceedings of the 3rd Australian Security and Intelligence Conference, 35-43, Perth.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  A Study Of Facility Management Knowledge Classification For The Effective Stewardship Of Existing Buildings.

Adjunct Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Countering-insurgency: A Comparative Analysis Of Campaigns In Malaya (1948-60), Kenya (1952-60) And Rhodesia (1964-1980).
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