2004 Student Research Conference:
17th Annual Student Research Conference

Mathematics and Computer Science

The Future of Network Security: Intelligent Software Agents
Christopher H. Conway* and Mohamed A. Elidrisi
Dr. Jon Beck, Faculty Mentor

An agent is an autonomous software component that provides a series of tasks in order to accomplish its goals. Agents implement a Distributed Artificial Intelligence (DAI) to function in a social system in which they communicate, cooperate and share knowledge. Typically, one agent runs on each computer in a cluster or networked group of computers. The agents are similar or identical at the outset, but each can evolve on its own. Our research focuses on an effort to utilize the social behaviors of the agents to slow down and even prevent the spread of corrupted data and viruses over large networks, thus avoiding crippling system-wide failures such as the Blaster Worm attack of 2003. We explore the effectiveness of network security through intelligent software agents by simulating an environment in which they will interact.

Keywords: Agent, AI, Autonomous, Network, Computer

Topic(s):Computer Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 9-3
Location: VH 1232
Time: 9:00

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