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An XML-Based Security Protocol for Semi-Autonomous Agents

An XML-Based Security Protocol for Semi-Autonomous Agents
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Author(s): Allen Johnston (Mississippi State University, USA)and Merrill Warkentin (Mississippi State University, USA)
Copyright: 2003
Pages: 2
Source title: Information Technology & Organizations: Trends, Issues, Challenges & Solutions
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-066-0.ch175
ISBN13: 9781616921248
EISBN13: 9781466665330


Future inter-networking environments will be characterized by extensive interactions between multiple servers and their agents. This hyperinteractive environment will expose all parties to significant new risks and liabilities. It will be imperative that intelligent agent behavior be guided by the prescribed intentions of the agent owners who develop and introduce them. The XML-based protocol presented in this paper, if widely adopted by agent developers, provides a practical method for ensuring such compliance. Agents embedded with these protocols will exhibit behavior consistent with the predetermined security position of the owner along several key continua, while still enabling independent autonomous control. A proposal for this XML protocol is presented, along with suggestions for future research.

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