Photograph of me lecturing at the blackboard (credit: R. Benjamin Shapiro, 2002).
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The Hive Mind project at UC DavisThe Hive Mind project was originally funded to define and prototype a security layer underlying GENI that would allow providers of the system to collaboratively defend against attacks and misuse of GENI resources. To do this, it explored an innovative method of intrusion detection based on mobile agents and swarm intelligence. The project's goal, both for GENI as well as more generally, is to provide a lightweight, decentralized, intrusion detection method that is adaptable to changing threats while communicating suspicious activity across hierarchical layers to humans who can respond when needed.
The Hive Mind approach to intrusion detection provides event correlation over an infrastructure comprised of one or more administrative enclaves, each made of a collection of device level nodes. These represent the devices in the network being monitored. Swarming sensor agents modeled after biological elements such as ants, wasps, termites, crows, and/or immune systems. These roam from node to node, searching for security relevant activity, leaving markers to communicate with other wandering agents.
The Hive Mind interposes logic-based rational agents between humans and the swarm, providing a basis for communication, interaction, and shared initiative. The goal is to augment, not replace, more traditional security mechanisms. For example, the Hive Mind should be effective where computing power is highly limited, e.g., where host-based IDSs would be impossible or in highly distributed systems without well-defined monitoring points making network-based detection infeasible. The Hive Mind could then be used in parallel with traditional firewall and intrusion detection systems.
The result of this enables environments to employ monitoring with minimal interference to the external environment.
Publications resulting from this project:
DETER Newsletter: "The Hive Mind Project -- Digital Ants for Intrusion Detection," Summer, 2011.
HPCwire: "GENI Project Receives $11.5M in NSF Funding," October 12, 2009.
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