Light: Security Engineering Essay

Submitted By RayLukePyle1
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Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Howard University

EECE 102 Intros to EE & CPE Engineering

Speaker: Security Engineering

By Raymond Pyle

Instructor: Dr. Peter Bofah

Date Assigned: 1/5/2013 Date Submitted: 1/19/2013
Security engineering is a specialized field of engineering that focuses on the security aspects in the design of systems. They are able to deal robustly with possible sources of disruption, ranging from natural disasters to malicious acts. It is similar to other systems engineering activities in that its primary motivation is to support the delivery of engineering solutions that satisfy user requirements, but with the added dimension of preventing misuse and malicious behavior. These constraints and restrictions are often asserted as a security policy.
In one form or another, security engineering has existed as an informal field of study for several centuries. For example, the fields of locksmithing and security printing have been around for many years. Due to recent catastrophic events, most notably 9/11, Security Engineering has quickly become a rapidly growing field. In fact, in a recent report completed in 2006, it was estimated that the global security industry was valued at US $150 billion. Security engineering involves aspects of social science, psychology and economics, as well as physics,chemistry, mathematics, architecture and landscaping. Some of the techniques used, such as fault tree analysis, are derived from safety engineering.
Technological advances, principally in the field of computers,…