Need to improve your network security? Try studying fungus
If you’re an IT security professional, you probably don’t spend a whole lot of time thinking about bugs, plants or fungus, at least not during your work day. However, a pair of researchers from the Warsaw Institute of Technology think that you should. Based on new research they’ve published, you might want to considering looking to nature as a good source of inspiration for solutions to security problems.
In their recently published paper, Security – a perpetual war: lessons from nature, Wojciech Mazurczyk and Elżbieta Rzeszutko draw analogies in nature to approaches taken by hackers and those defending against them in the digital world. The methods used in both offensive attacks (e.g., DDoS, SPAM) and defensive responses (e.g., firewalls, honeypots), they argue, can be seen in the plant and animal world. Here are a couple of the examples they give: