National Center for Border Security and Immigration - (http://www.borders.arizona.edu/)
Project 4.1 Border Security Risk Assessment and Mitigation Decision Framework
Balancing the level of acceptable risk with physical security
technologies, cost, and appropriate countermeasures is one of the most
challenging responsibilities DHS faces. How much security is enough? How
should high-tech security systems be integrated into low-tech response?
There are no ideal approaches for assessing and addressing security
issues on the border or looking at responses from a quantified
cost-benefit perspective. Evaluating cost effective security
technologies is important because security competes with operations,
maintenance, and other limited financial, staff, and material resources.
Security costs should be in proportion to the value or criticality of
the protected asset and the acceptable level of acceptable risk.
Typically, a border agent relies on a "gut feeling" to decide where to
allocate scarce security resources and to determine the amount of
security needed. This is exacerbated by uncertainty about available
security resources. This project will develop a decision framework to
consider risk and risk mitigation that includes:
- Characterization of border risks
- Value or cost assessment of the risks
- Mitigation systems including technology, policies, and procedures
Questions? Contact K. Larry Head, Ph.D. at email@example.com