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Biologically Inspired Approaches to Computer Security
Williamson, Matthew M.
Keyword(s): computer; security immune system; biologically inspired
Abstract: Biologically inspired approaches to computer security are appealing for two reasons. Firstly our computers are under attack, and biological species have been attacking each other for millions of years. Secondly as computers become more complex, traditional approaches to security are unlikely to scale and biological metaphors become increasingly powerful. Given the overlap in the domains, the hope is that taking ideas from biology and applying them to computer security will bear fruit. The particular ideas that researchers have applied to computer security include the immune system, the diversity of species, epidemiology and non-representational systems. This paper examines the pros and cons of biologically inspired approaches. It provides both an introduction and review of work in this area, as well as making suggestions for future work.
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