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Network Vulnerability: A Designer-Disruptor Game

Hans Haller

Working Papers from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Department of Economics

Abstract: We focus on the crucial role of network architecture in the defence against targeted attacks. A two-stage strategic game between a network designer and a network disruptor is analyzed. Given a set of nodes, the designer builds a network by investing in costly links. In the second stage, the disruptor deletes (possibly in a costly way) some of the links or nodes to reduce the designer’s benefit from the network. General results deal with existence, uniqueness and comparative statics of Stackelberg (i.e., subgame perfect) equilibria. More specific issues are addressed under the assumption of a fixed budget for one or both players.

Keywords: strategic network disruption; strategic network design; strategic network games. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2015
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