Principles of a computer immune system

Anil Somayaji, Steven Hofmeyr, Stephanie Forrest

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173 Scopus citations


Natural immune systems provide a rich source of inspiration for computer security in the age of the Internet. Immune systems have many features that are desirable for the imperfect, uncontrolled, and open environments in which most computers currently exist. These include distributability, diversity, disposability, adaptability, autonomy, dynamic coverage, anomaly detection, multiple layers, identity via behavior, no trusted components, and imperfect detection. These principles suggest a wide variety of architectures for a computer immune system. Copyright ACM 1998.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 1997 Workshop on New Security Paradigms, NSPW 1997
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)0897919866
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998
Externally publishedYes
Event1997 Workshop on New Security Paradigms, NSPW 1997 - Langdale, Cumbria, United Kingdom
Duration: Sep 23 1997Sep 26 1997

Publication series

NameProceedings New Security Paradigms Workshop
VolumePart F129303


Other1997 Workshop on New Security Paradigms, NSPW 1997
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityLangdale, Cumbria

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Software
  • Information Systems


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