Future DOD cloud would repair itself after cyberattack

The Defense Department's research arm is funding an effort to develop a cloud computing environment that can repair itself after a cyberattack, reports Information Week.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) is working on a new system that would enable a cloud network to identify an attack and recover from it right away as part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Mission-oriented Resilient Clouds project, the article says.

"Much like the human body has a monitoring system that can detect when everything is running normally, our hypothesis is that a successful attack appears as an anomaly in the normal operating activity of the system," Martin Rinard, a principal investigator at CSAIL, said in a news release. "By observing the execution of a 'normal' cloud system, we're going to the heart of what we want to preserve about the system, which should hopefully keep the cloud safe from attack."

Reader Comments

Mon, Mar 5, 2012 Scott NY

Sounds great but doesn't defend against the Stuxnet methodology that shows the system to be operating normally during attack.

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