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Computer network defense system

United States Patent

9,742,804
August 22, 2017
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A method and apparatus for protecting virtual machines. A computer system creates a copy of a group of the virtual machines in an operating network in a deception network to form a group of cloned virtual machines in the deception network when the group of the virtual machines is accessed by an adversary. The computer system creates an emulation of components from the operating network in the deception network. The components are accessible by the group of the cloned virtual machines as if the group of the cloned virtual machines was in the operating network. The computer system moves network connections for the group of the virtual machines in the operating network used by the adversary from the group of the virtual machines in the operating network to the group of the cloned virtual machines, enabling protecting the group of the virtual machines from actions performed by the adversary.
Urias; Vincent (Albuquerque, NM), Stout; William M. S. (Alburquerque, NM), Loverro; Caleb (Albuquerque, NM)
National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC (Albuquerque, NM)
14/ 925,645
20170126736
October 28, 2015
GOVERNMENT LICENSE RIGHTS This invention was made with United States Government support under Contract No. DE-AC04-94AL85000 between Sandia Corporation and the United States Department of Energy. The United States Government has certain rights in this invention.