Security

  • Risk analysis
  • Reliability analysis
  • Emergency planning and response
  • Decision analysis
  • Systems analysis
  • Uncertainty analysis
  • Game theory
  • Operations research

Homeland Security Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events

  • Sponsor: Department of Homeland Security
  • Principal Investigator: Detlof von Winterfeldt, University of Southern California.
  • Affiliated Researchers: Vicki Bier, Lawrence Bank, Randolph Hall, Larry Samuelson, Detlof von Winterfeldt, Rae Zimmerman

Models of Interdependent Security in Supply Chains for Food

For the National Center for Food Protection and Defense (funded by the Department of Homeland Security), the Center used game theory to assess the best ways to protect supply chains in the food industry from the spread of accidental or intentionally introduced contamination.

  • Sponsor: Department of Homeland Security
  • Affiliated Researchers: Vicki Bier, Lorna Zach, William Nganje

Optimal and Near- Optimal Resource Allocation for Transportation Infrastructure Protection

This project explored applications of game theory, optimization, and demonstrably near-optimal heuristics to modeling defense against security threats to networked transportation systems, identifying optimal strategies for allocating resources.

  • Sponsor: Midwest Regional University Transportation Center
  • Principal Investigator: Vicki M. Bier, University of Wisconsin- Madison

Applying Risk and Decision Analysis to Animal Health and Security

For the National Center for Food Protection and Defense (funded by the Department of Homeland Security), the Center used uncertainty analysis and decision analysis to assess the vulnerability of the livestock industry to intentional introduction of foot-and-mouth disease. This supported identification of the most effective strategies for preparedness and response.

  • Sponsor: Department of Homeland Security
  • Affiliated Researchers: Vicki Bier, Lorna Zach, Najmedin Meshkati, Michael Ward, Michael Orosz, Terry Benzel

Optimal and Near-Optimal Resource Allocation for Information Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection

  • Sponsor: National Science Foundation
  • Principal Investigator: Vicki M. Bier, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Modeling and Simulation Environment for Critical Infrastructure Protection

This project integrated diverse disciplines to provide multidisciplinary analysis and remediation of problems in the protection of critical national infrastructures.

 

Game Theoretic and Reliability Methods in Counter Terrorism and Security (video). By Vicki Bier.

Balancing Terrorism and Natural Disasters-Defensive Strategy with Endogenous Attacker Effort, Operations Research, Vol. 55, Issue 5, September-October 2007, p. 976.  By Jun Zhuang and Vicki Bier.

Choosing What to Protect: Strategic Defensive Allocation against an Unknown Attacker, Journal of Public Economic Theory, Vol. 9, Issue 4, August 2007, p. 563.  By Vicki Bier, Santiago Oliveros, and Larry Samuelson.

Information Sharing for Maritime Cyber Risk Management, Issues in Maritime Cyber Security, 2017, p. 271.  By Dennis Egan, Darby Hering, Paul Kantor, Christie Nelson, and Fred Roberts.

Measuring Border Security for Resource Allocation, Algorithmic Decision Theory, 2017, p. 361.  By Paul Kantor.

Deceptive Detection Methods for Effective Security with Inadequate Budgets: The Testing Power Index, Risk Analysis, Vol. 30, Issue 4, April 2010, p. 663.  By Paul Kantor and Endre Boros.

The National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace. United States, Office of the White House, 2013.

Making the Nation Safer: The Role of Science and Technology in Countering Terrorism. National Academies Press, 2002.

A Preliminary Benefit/Cost Framework for Counter-terrorism Public Expenditures. Rand Corporation, 2003.