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18 September 2003 If it walks like a duck: nanosensor threat assessment
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A convergence of technologies is making deployment of unattended ground nanosensors operationally feasible in terms of energy, communications for both arbitrated and self-organizing distributed, collective behaviors. A number of nano communications technologies are already making network-centric systems possible for MicroElectrical Mechanical (MEM) sensor devices today. Similar technologies may make NanoElectrical Mechanical (NEM) sensor devices operationally feasible a few years from now. Just as organizational behaviors of large numbers of nanodevices can derive strategies from social insects and other group-oriented animals, bio-inspired heuristics for threat assessment provide a conceptual approach for successful integration of nanosensors into unattended smart sensor networks. Biological models such as the organization of social insects or the dynamics of immune systems show promise as biologically-inspired paradigms for protecting nanosensor networks for security scene analysis and battlespace awareness. The paradox of nanosensors is that the smaller the device is the more useful it is but the smaller it is the more vulnerable it is to a variety of threats. In other words simpler means networked nanosensors are more likely to fall prey to a wide-range of attacks including jamming, spoofing, Janisserian recruitment, Pied-Piper distraction, as well as typical attacks computer network security. Thus, unattended sensor technologies call for network architectures that include security and countermeasures to provide reliable scene analysis or battlespace awareness information. Such network centric architectures may well draw upon a variety of bio-inspired approaches to safeguard, validate and make sense of large quantities of information.
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George C. Chachis "If it walks like a duck: nanosensor threat assessment", Proc. SPIE 5090, Unattended Ground Sensor Technologies and Applications V, (18 September 2003);

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