Vulnerability Analysis

Vulnerability Analysis and how it is applied in safety-critical systems in risk analysis and assessment

Vulnerability analysis is used in risk analysis to discover the possible consequences of still hypothetical accidents.

In order to determine the harm which may be caused by an accident, it is necessary to translate the effects of an event (e.g., an explosion causing an overpressure), into the harm it can cause (e.g., the effect of the overpressure on a person or structure).

Given the range of possible effects involved, vulnerability analysis will often require a large amount of domain expertise.

Vulnerability analysis is also used in incident investigation, such as in Therac-25 mistreatment, to gain information about the nature of an accident.


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