A Combined Biologically and Socially Inspired Approach to Mitigating Ad Hoc Network Threats
This paper describes a collaborative approach to handling dynamic attack threats in mobile ad hoc networks. The authors' approach is biologically and socially motivated. Each network node maintains a trust score for each other node of which it is aware and distributes these to its neighbourhood. Services have associated trust thresholds - the more sensitive the service, the higher the threshold. They define a robust decentralised dynamic system involving nodes, services and trust scores that help to quickly and reliably locate potential sources of attacks and their threat level. The paper presents results of simulations of the behaviour of the system's dynamics and its interpretation in the context of ad hoc networks.