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P2P, Web Services, Wireless, and Beyond
O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference
Westin Santa Clara
May 13-16, 2002 -- Santa Clara, CA

Building on the momentum and excitement of the O'Reilly Peer-to-Peer and Web Services Conference.



Distributed Security: Lessons From Nature
Steven Hofmeyr, Ph.D., Company 51

Track: Adaptive
Date: Wednesday, May 15
Time: 5:45pm - 6:30pm
Location: Winchester

The more complex and powerful our systems become, the more difficult they are to protect. How can we stop new worms from causing havoc? How can we secure our increasingly complex systems? In this talk we turn to biology for inspiration, and present some of the tricks the immune system has evolved in the design of a distributed security system. How does the immune system function so well in an increasingly complex environment, and what can we learn from this?

In this talk, Hofmeyr describes some of the intruiging tricks that the immune system has evolved to address the issue of security in a distributed, heterogenous environment. He presents a model of distributed detection and response, and gives some examples of how such a model is used. Hofmeyr also speculates on the uses of such an architecture in many different realms, far from the limited world of pure security.

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