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Blueprint for a Computer Immune System

Jeffrey Kephart, Gregory Sorkin, Morton Swimmer, Steve White
Virus Bulletin International Conference in San Francisco, California
October 1997

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There is legitimate concern that, within the next few years, the Internet will provide a fertile medium for new breeds of computer viruses capable of spreading orders of magnitude faster than today's viruses. To counter this threat, we have developed an immune system for computers that senses the presence of a previously unknown pathogen, and within minutes automatically derives and deploys a prescription for detecting and removing it. The system is being integrated with a commercial anti-virus product, IBM AntiVirus, and will be available as a pilot in 1997.

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