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DARPA, MIT Research A Self-Healing Cloud

The Department of Defense (DoD) is funding research to create a cloud computing environment that can heal itself after a cyber attack.

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) are working on a new system that would help a cloud identify an attack and recover from it almost instantaneously, according to MIT.

The work is part of the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) Mission-oriented Resilient Clouds (MRC) project, which aims to create a cloud network, the resiliency of which is based on its ability to adapt.

Generally if a network is attacked, the entire system that’s been infiltrated shuts down regardless of which system–PC, website, or server, for instance–the attack targeted.

MIT researchers at the Center for Resilient Software at CSAIL are trying to develop a system that can tell when something is amiss with a network and defend against it as soon as it happens.

via InformationWeek Government, continued here.