Engineers at the University of Tulsa have created an algorithm to help stall the arrival of malicious data in a bid to help fend off cyber attacks.
The algorithm that they have developed allows the administrator to send a warning of a potential threat so that "mitigation efforts" can be triggered before the cyber attacks reaches its target. It basically works by slowing down the arrival of the malicious data and sending a warning ahead of it.
As the team explains in a paper published in the International Journal of Critical Infrastructure Protection: "Hyperspeed signalling uses optimal paths to transmit high priority traffic while other traffic is sent along suboptimal (slower) paths. Slowing the traffic ever so slightly enables the faster command and control messages to implement sophisticated network defence mechanisms."
However, one of the engineers Sujeet Shenoi, admitted to New Scientist that "it would not be cheap to convert an existing network into one that can run the Tulsa team's algorithm". And the system is also dependent on the quality of the threat sensors that pick up the impending attack.