Researchers at Wake Forest University in North Carolina have taken a novel approach to information security that is modeled on the defensive strategies of ants.
According to the Telegraph, “digital ants” travel computer systems looking for intruders, and once one is detected, the other “digital ants” come to help fight the threat.
The system is based on the defensive structure of ants, who patrol the colony for intruders. When one is found, other ants come to help fight off the invader.
The researchers at Wake Forest hope the new system will perform faster than typical security programs and will not need to be updated as often to be effective. The system is designed to employ a number of types of “digital ants” to search for potential threats.