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Terrorism and International Transport: Towards Risk-based Security Policy

Roundtable Report 144

Security is critical to transport systems as they are often appealing targets for terrorist attacks. The significant costs of potential damage make effective security policies a key concern for transport decision makers. This Roundtable examines the contribution economic analysis  can make to improving security.

The analysis covers the impact of uncertainty in assessing security policies and on the cost effectiveness of security measures in aviation and maritime shipping. Much can be criticised  in current policies, which are often seen as unduly expensive and inadequately assessed.  This Roundtable identifies methods for quantifying the benefits of security measures and assessing their effectiveness, and examines techniques to allocate resources to targeting the highest risks. Applying these techniques would achieve better levels of security  with current resources.