A patent involving Florida Tech faculty may protect growing computer networks with ever-growing cybersecurity threats.

Marco Carvalho, Florida Tech executive vice president and provost, and computer engineering and sciences associate professor Thomas Eskridge, working in collaboration with engineers from Raytheon BBN Technology Corp., have developed a “decision engine” to configure the best set of defenses to combat threats against a system. The engine uses a genetic algorithm to search through several possible defense configurations and has an interface where users can interact and provide feedback on the direction and characteristics of the evolved solutions. The patent was awarded December 2020. The team also developed a patent-pending user interface that allows the operator to direct the genetic algorithm.

By using a genetic algorithm, the system can decide where to place defenses on the network based on the…

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