Paper abstract

An Overview of Biologically Inspired Computing in Information Security

Wim Hordijk

In K. Anbumani (ed.), Proceedings of the National Conference on Information Security, 1-14, 2005.

Traditional computing methods and systems rely on a central processing unit or central server, and process information mostly serially. They are non-robust and non-adaptive, and have limited scalability. In contrast, biological systems process information in a parallel and distributed way, without a central control. They are highly robust, adaptive, and scalable. This paper gives a brief overview of how ideas from biology have been used to design new computing methods and systems that also have some of the advantageous properties of biological systems. In addition, some examples are given of how these methods can be used in information security applications.