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Security Schemes Aspire to No-Fuss System Protection

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Science  17 Nov 1995:
Vol. 270, Issue 5239, pp. 1113-1114
DOI: 10.1126/science.270.5239.1113


Baltimore—Protecting computer systems from intruders often means trading away convenience for security. But two approaches described last month at the National Information Systems Security Conference in Baltimore could boost security without hampering users. One would rely on swarms of autonomous programs to monitor a system for intruders. The other, called “software forensics,” would examine hacker programs for stylistic clues that could help investigators track down the few “hacker kingpins” thought to be responsible for most malign programs. Details of both projects can be found at http://www.cs.purdue.edu/coast/coast.html.