Contemporary indicators of security. An attempt to measure the level of security.
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Military University of Technology, Poland
Submission date: 2021-06-13
Acceptance date: 2021-07-05
Publication date: 2021-07-23
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Radosław Bielawski   

Military University of Technology, Warsaw, Poland
Przegląd Nauk o Obronności 2020;(10):78-93
The subject of consideration in this article are contemporary indicators of security, which allow to determine its level in quantifiable values.

For the purposes of this research, the following research methods were applied: analysis, synthesis, generalisation and inference.

This paper is a review of selected powermetric studies on security, which were divided into global studies estimating state power such as: Global Firepower Report, 2021 Measuring National and Power Index of the power of states and their indicators - area-specific studies, which prove to be increasingly useful due to growing cyber threats or threats related to the current COVID-19 pandemic. The so-called doomsday clock was selected as an indicator of international security, in which individual hours define the level of security, with midnight indicating the annihilation of humanity. In addition to models for estimating security and state power, on the basis of the results of the studies cited, the paper also mentions possible directions for further development of threats and recommendations in this regard.

The research results presented in the analysed studies are useful for estimating various types of security indicators, both in terms of state security, as well as various other aspects of security, including health, soft power or cyber security. Security indicators can be used by analysts, politicians, decision-makers, and other entities involved in security management as a source of knowledge and measurable values determining the level of security and threats. They also help to indicate weaknesses in security systems in order to quickly diagnose and eliminate them.

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