Chapter 5. Measuring the vulnerability component of security risk
Physical laws simply cannot be ignored. Existence cannot be without them. — Spock
“Specter of the Gun,” Star Trek, Stardate 4383.5
A rigorous examination of security risk entails analyzing each component of the fundamental expression of risk introduced in Chapter 1
. In this chapter the vulnerability component of risk is investigated in detail. The good news here is that for some threats this component is amenable to a quantitative approach to analyzing risk. This is because some of these threats are influenced by physical processes and/or described by physical quantities that obey well-established natural laws.
Estimating and minimizing the vulnerability component ...