Network Stability under Viral Attack - A Game Entitled 'God and the Devil'
ROYAL SIGNALS AND RADAR ESTABLISHMENT MALVERN (UNITED KINGDOM)
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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.
- Computer Systems
- Computer Systems Management and Standards