Lightweight agents for intrusion detection

Guy Helmer, Johnny S K Wong, Vasant Honavar, Les Miller, Yanxin Wang

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We have designed and implemented an intrusion detection system (IDS) prototype based on mobile agents. Our agents travel between monitored systems in a network of distributed systems, obtain information from data cleaning agents, classify and correlate information, and report the information to a user interface and database via mediators. Agent systems with lightweight agent support allow runtime addition of new capabilities to agents. We describe the design of our Multi-agent IDS and show how lightweight agent capabilities allowed us to add communication and collaboration capabilities to the mobile agents in our IDS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-122
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Systems and Software
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 15 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Information Systems
  • Hardware and Architecture


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