Accession Number:

ADA229274

Title:

Network Stability under Viral Attack - A Game Entitled 'God and the Devil'

Descriptive Note:

Memorandum rept.

Corporate Author:

ROYAL SIGNALS AND RADAR ESTABLISHMENT MALVERN (UNITED KINGDOM)

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1990-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

27.0

Abstract:

The problem of viral attacks on communications networks is explored with an emphasis on the time taken for network recovery. The problem is studied by means of a game which allows for different initial states of the network followed by state evolution according to a fixed rule-set. It is found that only a small percentage of nodes in the network need be equipped with countermeasure software for a near asymptotic recovery time to be achieved. However, for all realistic countermeasure percentages, the time for complete recovery - a situation similar to human illnessrecouperation time ratios. Keywords Computer viruses, Great Britain.

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Systems
  • Computer Systems Management and Standards

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE