Security in Society: Protecting an Increasingly Connected World

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Date(s) - 4/29/200312:00 am

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From airline security to the internet to vaccine distribution, society is growing increasingly interconnected. This connectivity has great benefits, but also increases our vulnerability. Society now has many points of access vulnerable to attack and greater interdependence has made it difficult tos eparate or secure any particular area within the system. Dr. Rubin will discuss the extent and nature of the interdependency at the system and infrastructure level as wellas the risks associated with that interconnectedness.

Existing approaches to the problem of system vulnerability do not adequately assess how risk is shared among participants or determine the best strategies to protect them.

In the case of vaccination, for example, each person’s decision to be vaccinated or not has associated implications and costs which can affect the wider society as well as the individual.

Dr. Rubin argues that the structures of different networks have commonalities and thatunderstanding these commonalities provides an important tool in the analysis of a wide variety of strategic threats. He points to the need for cross sector and cross organizational communication in developing strategies so as to recognize the implications of interdependence and design for responses that mitigate negative effects.

Dr. Rubin is the Director for the Institute of Strategic Threat Analysis and Response at the University of Pennsylvania.  He is also a Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Computer Science with the University.

 

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