Resilience of Networks to Spreading Computer Viruses: Optimal Anti-Virus Deployment

Jhonatan Tavori*, Hanoch Levy

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Deployment of anti-virus software is a common strategy for preventing and controlling the propagation of computer viruses and worms over a computer network. As the deployment of such programs is often limited due to monetary or operational costs, devising optimal strategies for their allocation and deployment can be of high value to the operation, performance, and resilience of the target networks.We study the effects of anti-virus deployment (i.e., 'vaccination') strategies on the ability of a network to block the spread of a virus. Such ability is obtained when the network reaches 'Herd Immunity', achieved when a large fraction of the network entities is immune to the infection, which provides protection even for entities which are not immune. We use a model that explicitly accounts for the inherent heterogeneity of network nodes activity and derive optimal strategies for anti-virus deployment.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium 2023, NOMS 2023
EditorsKemal Akkaya, Olivier Festor, Carol Fung, Mohammad Ashiqur Rahman, Lisandro Zambenedetti Granville, Carlos Raniery Paula dos Santos
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781665477161
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023
Event36th IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium, NOMS 2023 - Miami, United States
Duration: 8 May 202312 May 2023

Publication series

NameProceedings of IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium 2023, NOMS 2023

Conference

Conference36th IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium, NOMS 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMiami
Period8/05/2312/05/23

Funding

FundersFunder number
Blavatnik Family Foundation
Israel Science Foundation2482/21

    Keywords

    • Computer Viruses
    • Convex optimization
    • Network Resilience
    • Resources Allocation
    • Stochastic Spreading

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