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Game theoretic approach for cost-benefit analysis of malware proliferation prevention

Spyridopoulos, Theodoros ORCID:, Oikonomou, George, Tryfonas, Theo and Ge, Mengmeng 2013. Game theoretic approach for cost-benefit analysis of malware proliferation prevention. Presented at: 28th IFIP TC 11 International Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, 8th-12th July 2013. Security and Privacy Protection in Information Processing Systems. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology , vol.405 Springer, pp. 28-41. 10.1007/978-3-642-39218-4_3

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Many existing research efforts in the field of malware proliferation aim at modelling and analysing its spread dynamics. Many malware dissemination models are based on the characteristics of biological disease spread in human populations. In this work, we utilise game theory in order to extend two very commonly used malware spread models (SIS and SIR) by incorporating defence strategies against malware proliferation. We consider three different security mechanisms, “patch”, “removal” and “patch and removal” on which our model is based. We also propose a cost-benefit model that describes optimal strategies the defender could follow when cost is taken into account. Lastly, as a way of illustration, we apply our models on the well studied Code-Red worm.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: Published
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 978-3-642-39218-4
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2023 14:45

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