Self-adapting computer network to defend itself against hackers
2012.05.17 09:11 by Daniela
Kansas State University cybersecurity experts are developing a network that would be able to automatically change its setup and configuration in order to protect itself from hackers. Scott DeLoach, professor of computing and information sciences, and Xinming "Simon" Ou, associate professor of computing and information sciences were granted $1 million from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to study this moving-target defense, a type of adaptive cybersecurity.
"The key is to make the network appear to an attacker that it is changing chaotically while to an authorized user the system operates normally."
"Creating a moving-target defense - computer networks that could defend against cyberattacks by automatically changing their configuration to close security holes - may also help develop a fundamental change in how computer networks are hosted," Ou said.
"If you have a Web server, pretty much anybody in the world can figure out where you are and what software you're running," DeLoach explained. "If they know that, they can figure out what vulnerabilities you have. In a typical scenario, attackers scan your system and find out everything they can about your server configuration and what security holes it has. Then they select the best time for them to attack and exploit those security holes in order to do the most damage. This could change that."
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