Dynamics of Strategic Protection Against Virus Propagation in Heterogeneous Complex Networks

Yezekael Hayel, Quanyan Zhu

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Abstract

With an increasing number of wide-spreading cyber-attacks on networks such as the recent WannaCry and Petya Ransomware, protection against malware and virus spreading in large scale networks is essential to provide security to network systems. In this paper, we consider a network protection game in which heterogeneous agents decide their individual protection levels against virus propagation over complex networks. Each agent has his own private type which characterizes his recovery rate, transmission capabilities, and perceived cost. We propose an evolutionary Poisson game framework to model the heterogeneous interactions of the agents over a complex network and analyze the equilibrium strategies for decentralized protection. We show the structural results of the equilibrium strategies and their connections with replicator dynamics. Numerical results are used to corroborate the analytical results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDecision and Game Theory for Security - 8th International Conference, GameSec 2017, Proceedings
EditorsChristopher Kiekintveld, Stefan Schauer, Bo An, Stefan Rass, Fei Fang
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages506-518
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9783319687100
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017
Event8th International Conference on Decision and Game Theory for Security, GameSec 2017 - Vienna, Austria
Duration: Oct 23 2017Oct 25 2017

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10575 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Other

Other8th International Conference on Decision and Game Theory for Security, GameSec 2017
CountryAustria
CityVienna
Period10/23/1710/25/17

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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    Hayel, Y., & Zhu, Q. (2017). Dynamics of Strategic Protection Against Virus Propagation in Heterogeneous Complex Networks. In C. Kiekintveld, S. Schauer, B. An, S. Rass, & F. Fang (Eds.), Decision and Game Theory for Security - 8th International Conference, GameSec 2017, Proceedings (pp. 506-518). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 10575 LNCS). Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-68711-7_27