Criminal network security: an agent‐based approach to evaluating network resilience

Criminal networks are frequently at risk of disruption through arrest and interorganizational violence. Difficulties in designing empirical studies of criminal network recovery, however, have problematized research into network responses to disruption. In this study, we evaluate criminal network res...

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Published in:Criminology
Main Author: Duxbury, Scott W. (Author)
Contributors: Haynie, Dana L. (Author)
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
Published: 2019
In:Criminology
Year: 2019, Volume: 57, Issue: 2, Pages: 314-342
Online Access: Volltext (Verlag)
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Summary:Criminal networks are frequently at risk of disruption through arrest and interorganizational violence. Difficulties in designing empirical studies of criminal network recovery, however, have problematized research into network responses to disruption. In this study, we evaluate criminal network resilience by examining network recovery from disruption in an array of different criminal networks and across different disruption strategies. We use an agent‐based model to evaluate how criminal networks recover from disruption. Our results reveal the vulnerabilities and time to recovery of numerous criminal organizations, and through them, we identify which disruption strategies are most effective at damaging various criminal networks.
ISSN:1745-9125
DOI:10.1111/1745-9125.12203