A decision framework for enhancing Mobile Ad Hoc Network stability and security
Orwat, Mark E.
Irvine, Cynthia E.
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One of today’s most significant technical challenges is the ability to empirically measure the security status and capabilities of information systems. The lack of security metrics in general and the inability to uniformly combine different dimensions of security information prevents decision-makers from having a macro-level view of system security. The purpose of this dissertation is to develop a conceptual decision framework to address this shortcoming and to apply the approach to a current information system problem: the resource management of Mobile Ad Hoc Networks (MANETs). This framework, called the MANET Distributed Functions Ontology Management Mechanism (MMM), leverages the benefits of ontologies, Value Focused Thinking, and a specialized network flow optimization model in order to craft a holistic view of the configuration and security of an information system (e.g., a Mobile Ad Hoc Network). The resulting decision making capability allows for a better connected, more secure network of communications devices. Ultimately, this research contributes to the provision of a dynamic mobile ad hoc network capability to the warfighter and the first responder with increased network stability, secure and persistent communications, and continuous operations.
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