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, researchers from the Warsaw Institute of Technology think that you should. In a recently published paper, “Security - a perpetual war: lessons from nature,” they 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.
While the 8 examples presented here of similarities between security in the natural and digital worlds are all coincidental, that shouldn’t stop IT pros from looking to nature for ideas as how to better defend against predators. Of course, this same approach can be taken by hackers to get new ideas for attacks. As in nature, it’s an ongoing battle unlikely to end anytime soon.
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