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Associate Professor Dave Brooks

Associate Professor

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5788, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO18.321
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5788
Facsimile: +61 8 6304 5811
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO18.321  


David is an Associate Professor within the School of 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.


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


Recent Research Grants

  • Intelligent Building Security: An investigation into Vulnerabilities, Current Practice and Security Management Best Practice ,  ASIS International,  ASIS - Grant,  2017 - 2018,  $79,339.
  • Review of Vulnerability in Smart Grid Appliances and Networks,  Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet,  Grant - Research Support For National Security,  2010 - 2012,  $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., Coole, M., (2016), The Australian Security Continuum: National and Corporate Security Gaps from a Surveillance Language Perspective. National Security, Surveillance and Terror: Canada and Australia in Comparative Perspective, 133-154, Cham, Switzerland, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-43243-4_6.
  • 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.
  • Sarre, R., Brooks, D., Smith, C., Draper, R., (2014), Current and emerging technologies employed to abate crime and to promote security. The Routledge Handbook of International Crime and Justice Studies, 327-349, USA.
  • Brooks, D., Smith, C., (2014), Engineering Principles in the Protection of Assets. Handbook of Security, 107-132, Basingstoke, England.
  • 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.

Journal Articles

  • Coole, M., Brooks, D., Minnaar, A., (2016), The physical security professional: Mapping a body of knowledge. Security Journal, 29(4), 1-29, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1057/s41284-016-0084-8.
  • Ludbey, C., Brooks, D., (2016), Stratum of security practice: Using risk as a measure in the stratification of security works. Security Journal, Article in press(Article in press), 17p., United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1057/sj.2015.50.
  • Coole, M., Brooks, D., Treagust, D., (2015), The physical security professional: formulating a novel body of knowledge. Journal of Applied Security Research, 10(3), 385-410, Binghamton, NY, DOI: 10.1080/19361610.2015.1038768.
  • Coole, M., Brooks, D., (2014), Do Security Systems Fail Because of Entropy?. Journal of Physical Security, 7(2), 50-76, Argonne, United States.
  • 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., (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.

Conference Publications

  • Malmenbratt, J., Brooks, D., (2015), CCTV surveillance: The differing aims and functions of CCTV within the corporate stratum. The Proceedings of 8th Australian Security and Intelligence Conference, 28-35, Perth, WA.
  • Brooks, D., Coole, M., Johnson, C., Corkill, J., Jenkinson, M., (2015), Efficacy of property marking as situational crime prevention strategy. The Proceedings of 8th Australian Security and Intelligence Conference, 5-11, Perth, WA.
  • Separovic, C., Brooks, D., (2014), Efficacy of property marking: police identification of stolen property. The Proceedings of 7th Australian Security and Intelligence Conference, 33-40, Perth, W.A..
  • 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.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Judging Dread: A Quantitative Investigation Of Affect, Psychometric Dread And Risk Consequence
  • 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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