When biology meets cyber-security: a review

Mohamed Hassan, Stilianos Vidalis, Alexios Mylonas

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From the observations made on biology and nature, it could be seen that biological living creatures are very efficient in the functions of recognising and eliminating danger around them. Their ability to adapt within the surrounding environment and self-healing capability are remarkable. Computer’s defensive systems have been approached by various biological inspired techniques. However, very few surveys examined the current cyber security status; in
which most of them are focused on one or two methods (i.e. Artificial Immune System - AIS and/or Genetic Algorithms approaches).
In compiling of the following papers, we have reviewed many of the current research, in which focused on the use of biology as a reference discipline that can provide meaningful insight and innovation in the cyber security domain. We aim to present the research gap in cyber-security domain, more specifically in how to protect against the clever information threats and how a computer defensive system can be adapted within its operation environment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-199
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Information System Security (JISSec)
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 5 Sept 2016


  • adaptive systems
  • cyber security domain
  • biological inspired computing
  • fuzzy logic
  • intrusions detection systems


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