Cyber-Defense Tool Inspired by Ant Colonies

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers have developed DigitalAnts™, a cyber-defense tool inspired by ant colonies. Real ants use 'swarm intelligence' to identify areas of interest, laying down pheromone paths to attract other ants to the same areas. In DigitalAnts, sensor 'ants' constantly look for system operations that could indicate an attack, quickly alerting each computer's sentinel.