Accession Number : ADA473442
Title : Freedom and Information. Assessing Publicly Available Data Regarding U.S. Transportation Infrastructure Security
Descriptive Note : Final rept.
Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
Personal Author(s) : Landree, Eric ; Paul, Christopher ; Grill, Beth ; Balakrishnan, Aruna ; Wilson, Bradley ; Libicki, Martin C
Report Date : Jan 2007
Pagination or Media Count : 113
Abstract : How much data regarding U.S. anti- and counterterrorism systems, countermeasures, and defenses is publicly available and how easily could it be found by individuals seeking to harm U.S. domestic interests? The authors developed a framework to guide assessments of the availability of such information for planning attacks on the U.S. air, rail, and sea transportation infrastructure, and applied the framework in an information-gathering exercise that used several attack scenarios. Overall, the framework was useful for assessing what kind of information would be easy or hard for potential attackers to find. For each of the attack scenarios, a team of attackers was unable to locate some of the information that a terrorist planner would need to gauge the likely success of a potential attack. The authors recommend that procedures for securing sensitive information be evaluated regularly and that information that can be obtained from easily accessible, off-site public information sources be included in vulnerability assessments.
Descriptors : *TRANSPORTATION , *NATIONAL SECURITY , UNITED STATES , DEFENSE PLANNING , COUNTERTERRORISM , TERRORISM , COUNTERMEASURES , INFRASTRUCTURE , RISK ANALYSIS
Subject Categories : Surface Transportation and Equipment
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE