Ants vs. Worms: Computer Security Mimics Nature

2009-09-29T07:28:04
ID THREATPOST:5FBCBCC4E3DE87E23883D017B0602923
Type threatpost
Reporter Ryan Naraine
Modified 2013-04-17T16:39:42

Description

In the never-ending battle to protect computer networks from intruders, security experts are deploying a new defense modeled after one of nature’s hardiest creatures — the ant.

Unlike traditional security devices, which are static, these “digital ants” wander through computer networks looking for threats, such as “computer worms” — self-replicating programs designed to steal information or facilitate unauthorized use of machines. When a digital ant detects a threat, it doesn’t take long for an army of ants to converge at that location, drawing the attention of human operators who step in to investigate. Read the full story [wfu.edu]