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Navy researcher has novel security visualization technique

A researcher at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., has published a paper describing a visualization technique that can simplify detection of security breaches. The technique borrows ideas from the field of thermodynamics. “We need to do a better job of using basic engineering to understand computer attacks, to push things to a more mature scientific foundation,” said David Ford, a senior research coordinator for the Defense Information Systems Agency. Last month, Ford posted his findings, entitled “Application of Thermodynamics to the Reduction of Data Generated by a Non-Standard System”, in Cornell University’s electronic repository for scientific papers. Ford said he hopes the ideas will be picked up by both agencies and vendors of security appliances. Full Story

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