Title: Intrusion detection in a trust-based recommendation system

Authors: E.D. Kameni; Th.P. Van Der Weide

Addresses: Institute for Computing and Information Sciences, Radboud University, Toernooiveld 212, 6525 EC Nijmegen, The Netherlands; University of Yaounde I, Cameroon, Central Africa ' Institute for Computing and Information Sciences, Radboud University, Toernooiveld 212, 6525 EC Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Abstract: In multi-agent systems, agents cooperate by asking other agent's opinions as part of their own decision making process. The goal of a recommendation system is to provide advice either on request or pro-actively. In this paper, we assume that the value of an advice from another agent is determined by the trust in that other agent. We present a trust-based model of collaboration and decision making in a multi-agent system. We assume however that agents may be dishonest (such an agent is called an intruder), resulting in advices that may be false. The goal of this paper is the detection of intruders, thereby minimising the damage that they can cause. We also present the underlying relational database model and use this to build a prototype. In our tests, we show that the more influential an agent is in the multi-agent system, measured as its CreditRank, the faster that agent will be unmasked would it be an intruder.

Keywords: multi-agent system; MAS; trust; recommendation system; CreditRank; intrusion detection.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTMCC.2017.089592

International Journal of Trust Management in Computing and Communications, 2017 Vol.4 No.1, pp.52 - 74

Available online: 19 Jan 2018 *

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