n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Vulnerability as a risk assessment tool in a business environment

Volume 21, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



Security is often viewed as an abstract form of a pseudo-science rather than an objective and scientific discipline. In this article, which is a revised version of an abstract from the author's doctoral dissertation, a very clear and scientific methodology has been devised to determine vulnerability for secondary victims. The article depicts the relationship between threat and vulnerability on the one hand, and on the other, the relationship of these two phenomena to risk. In a logical flow of an integration of these concepts into an applied scientific model, the quantitative decision-making model, the author then proceeds to use event trees and statistical methods to arrive at quantitative answers of vulnerability and risk.

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