E-Commerce Vulnerabilities: Impacts on the Transportation System: Background Paper

This background paper outlines the elements of emerging vulnerabilities in today's information - or cyber - systems supporting electronic commerce in transportation. The paper creates a framework to address system threats and vulnerabilities through sequential processes of risk assessment, risk management, and risk communication. The framework will serve as a point of reference for upcoming analyses of transportation cyber vulnerabilities. In support of a General Accounting Office (GAO) call for a national threat and risk assessment in their report titled "Combating Terrorism: Selected Challenges and Related Recommendations" (September 2001), this paper proposes a process for identifying the national information technology (IT) assets, their vulnerability to disruptive threats, the consequences of disruption, and effective countermeasures. This paper focuses on risk characterization: linking risk assessment to risk management and risk communication, and identifying the economic and technological forces underlying the emerging vulnerabilities.

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    • The bibliography and appendices are not present in the online version of this paper.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Volpe National Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142
  • Publication Date: 2002-3


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Bibliography;
  • Pagination: 29p

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  • Accession Number: 01675683
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Created Date: Jul 18 2018 9:45AM