Software agents and computer network security

J. Pikoulas*, M. Mannion, W. Buchanan

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Preventing unauthorised access to corporate information systems is essential for many organisations. To address this problem we built a security enhancement software system using software agents, in which a core software agent resides on a server and user end software agents reside at each user workstation. By downloading a pattern of typical user behaviour and rules governing invalid behaviour from a core agent to each user end agent, all decisions and actions about atypical or invalid user behaviour can be taken by a user agent. This permits security detection to continue even when the core agent fails to operate.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings Seventh IEEE International Conference and Workshop on the Engineering of Computer-Based Systems (ECBS 2000)
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)0769506046
Publication statusPublished - 6 Aug 2002


  • intelligent agent security
  • software agents
  • computer networks
  • computer security
  • monitoring
  • information security
  • workstations
  • information systems
  • software systems
  • intrusion detection


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