On Computer Viral Infection and the Effect of Immunization

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Authors:Chenxi, Wang, Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of Virginia John, Knight, Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of Virginia Matt, Elder, Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of Virginia
Abstract:

Viruses remain a significant threat to modern computer systems. Despite the best efforts of those who develop anti-virus systems, new viruses and new types of virus that are not dealt with by existing protection schemes appear regularly. In addition, the rate at which a virus can spread has risen dramatically with the increase in connectivity. Defenses against infections by known viruses rely at present on immunization yet, for a variety of reasons, immunization is often only effective on a subset of the nodes in a network and many nodes remain unprotected. Little is known about either the way in which a viral infection proceeds in general or the way that immunization affects the infection process. In this paper we present the results of a simulation study of the way in which virus infections propagate through certain types of network and of the effect that partial immunization has on the infection. The Key result is that relatively low levels of immunization can slow an infection significantly.

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All rights reserved (no additional license for public reuse)
Language:
English
Source Citation:

Chenxi, Wang, Knight John, and Elder Matt. "On Computer Viral Infection and the Effect of Immunization." University of Virginia Dept. of Computer Science Tech Report (1999).

Publisher:
University of Virginia, Department of Computer Science
Published Date:
1999