Complete a 2-3-page research report on an asset of your choice that can be exploited by a threat agent. The term asset is being used here to describe a resource that requires protection. A resource can be a person, a building, a computer or a technological network, such as food chain, transportation, electric power, potable water, sewerage, etc. Calculate the vulnerability of your asset using the following general approach:
Box with text Target attractiveness + ease of attack + impact = Vulnerability
Create your own template and coefficients to calculate vulnerability. The following questions may be helpful in guiding you toward the research and operationalization of the “attractiveness” concept:
Is the target readily recognizable? (locally, statewide, nationally, and internationally)?
Is the target subject to media attention/coverage? Is the coverage incorporated in local media, national media or international media?
Does the target have a symbolic status?
How attractive is the target? Is the target a symbol for the Western culture?
Are there any security measures in place to protect the target?
The following questions may help you operationalize the “ease of attack” concept.
How difficult would it be for the threat agent to predict the peak attendance time at the target? Establish a scale.
Are there security measures in place? Calculate this from low to high deterrence or low to high prevention.
The following questions may help you operationalize “impact.”
What are the number of people frequenting the target or depending on the target?
In dollar terms, what would the financial impact of an attack be if the asset was disrupted, incapacitate, or destroyed?
The report should be between 2-3 pages in length. The assignment must be written and submitted as a word document with 12-pt Times New Roman font. The Assignment will follow The Chicago Manual Style of citations. Sources should appear first in footnotes and then in an alphabetical order bibliography