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This book was written to analyze the set of factors that affect the security of maritime and port operations, including shipping, economics, politics, crime and terrorism. The author of the pubolication critiques current approaches to the security based on his experience of more that 25 years in the field. His intention is to provide readers with a set of tested and proven security recommendation that would recognize the interests and role of both private sector and government in improving security. The core components of the international shipping industry have been analyzed in the book and all potentioal threars to ports have been assessed. The author examined approached to the port security in the US, EU and around the world, and presented the basic principles for effective port and maritime security.