Game Theoretic Risk Analysis of Security Threats

  • Vicki M. M. Bier
  • M. Naceur Azaiez

Part of the International Series in Operations Research & Management Science book series (ISOR, volume 128)

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About this book


Game Theoretic Risk Analysis of Security Threats introduces reliability and risk analysis in the face of threats by intelligent agents. More specifically, game-theoretic models will be developed for identifying optimal and/or equilibrium defense and attack strategies in systems of varying degrees of complexity. The book covers applications to networks, including problems in both telecommunications and transportation. However, the book’s primary focus is to integrate game theory and reliability methodologies into unified techniques to predict, detect, diminish, and stop intentional attacks at targets that vary in complexity.


In this book, leading researchers combine reliability and risk analysis with game theory methods to create a set of functional tools that can be used by security personnel to offset intentional, intelligent threats (including the threats of terrorism and war). This means a comprehensive treatment of such problems must consider two aspects: (1) the structure of the system to be protected and (2) the adaptive nature of the threat (that is, beyond the static nature of the threat). The book provides a set of scientific tools for analyzing and applying game-theoretic reliability problems in the presence of intentional, intelligent threats. These scientific tools address problems of global safety and create more cost-effective defensive investments.



complexity game theory linear optimization reliability risk analysis

Editors and affiliations

  • Vicki M. M. Bier
    • 1
  • M. Naceur Azaiez
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. Industrial EngineeringUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA
  2. 2.Industrial Engineering Dept.King Saud UniversityRiyadhSaudi Arabia

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-87766-2
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-87767-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0884-8289
  • Series Online ISSN 2214-7934
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