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The Information System and the Global Terrorism

Collaborative Support Systems in Business and Education, International Workshop, Cluj Napoca, Romania, October 2005

12 Pages Posted: 5 Jun 2006  

Dumitru Oprea

"Al. I. Cuza" University of Iasi

Gabriela Mesnita

Alexandru Iona Cuza University of Iasi, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

Date Written: July - August 2005

Abstract

The critical infrastructures of nations are based nowadays on information technology and this is the essential issue for both national authorities and terrorist groups. The magnitude of this problem resides in the vulnerabilities of the computer or telecommunication networks to a terrorist attack. Information systems play a vital role in administration and operating nuclear plants, dams, electric network, air-traffic-control system and financial institutions. The terrorist groups know these vulnerabilities and in different ways could call forth great damages at national level. At the same time, information systems have an important role in the prevention, detection and mitigation of terrorist attacks. But, after all, what will happen when the Internet of Things and Internet of People will become reality and not a subject of research?

Therefore, as we can see, information systems play a double role: means/new weapons for terrorist groups and support for public and private bodies to avoid the terrorist attacks. These are the two directions of our paper.

Keywords: information systems, terrorism, cyber terrorism, attacks, vulnerabilities, counterterrorism, cyber authentication

JEL Classification: H56, L86, N40, O33

Suggested Citation

Oprea, Dumitru and Mesnita, Gabriela, The Information System and the Global Terrorism (July - August 2005). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=906289 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.906289

Dumitru Oprea

"Al. I. Cuza" University of Iasi ( email )

Bd. Carol I no.22
Iasi, RO-700505
Romania

HOME PAGE: http://www.feaa.uaic.ro

Gabriela Mesnita (Contact Author)

Alexandru Iona Cuza University of Iasi, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration ( email )

Bd. Carol I no.22
Iasi, RO-700505
Romania

HOME PAGE: http://www.feaa.uaic.ro

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