For this week's blog i decided to respond to what we talked about in class, regarding analyzing and creating risk maps for various things. The idea of creating risk maps is a helpful tool and should be used in the creation of basically anything, as it allows us to understand what could potentially go wrong and helps us to plan ahead to avoid various problems. I have chosen ATM machines as my subject because it is high risk and yet a vital machine that a lot of people depend on, on a dialy basis. ATM machines are almost necessary even in an age where most people are using cards for most transactions, but sometimes cash is necessary, and even though I am charged a fee by both my bank and the atm, I find myself still using them due to the fact that they are conveniently place in most banks/restaurants/gas stations. For atm machines, security is the name of the game, there are a lot of potential dangers for an atm machine. First and foremost you must find a secure location that also has high traffic volumes. The location needs to be easily and conveniently accessible by the public, but also profitable for the company. If the atm is outside then you must worry about things like weather, graffiti, and potential risk to people who are using it while exposed to an open area. Inside or outside the atm is vulnerable to general abuse from the public and that must be taking into consideration when designing the machine itself, it should be durable and able to handle the volumes of people using it. I also wanted to blog on this so that i could include the technical risks involved, including hackers who can setup skimmers, and take personal information from someone who has used that machine. The atm can be considered a risk to all parties involved and can harm the people who own it, who store it at there location, and to the people who use it. The atm is prone to a lot of different risks, but has some pretty basic defenses that can keep it safe and intact. Most atms have a camera built into it and if it is in a place of business then it can easily be watched, but if it's in a crowded place then it is still vulnerable. I don't have any risk maps drawn out but i wanted to name off a few and where they fit in. 1. Graffiti: medium likelihood (based on location and if its outside), low risk. 2. Weather: Again depends on location but for the most part low likelihood, low risk. 3. People abusing the atm: low likelihood, high risk. 4. Hackers: low likelihood, very high risk. 5. Getting mugged: low-medium likelihood (depends on area), high risk.