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School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University


Game Strategies in Network Security

Kong-wei Lye, Jeannette M. Wing

Keywords: Stochastic games, non-linear programming, network security

This paper presents a game-theoretic method for analyzing the security of computer networks. We view the interactions between an attacker and the administrator as a two-player stochastic game and construct a model for the game. Using a non-linear program, we compute the Nash equilibrium or best-response strategies for the players (attacker and administrator). We then explain why the strategies are realistic and how administrators can use these results to enhance the security of their network.

16 pages

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