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Advances in Software Engineering
Volume 2011, Article ID 281517, 9 pages
Research Article

Multiagent Systems Protection

Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería Informática, Universidad de Málaga, Spain

Received 1 December 2010; Revised 14 March 2011; Accepted 9 June 2011

Academic Editor: Kamel Barkaoui

Copyright © 2011 Antonio Muñoz et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Agent-systems can bring important benefits especially in applications scenarios where highly distributed, autonomous, intelligence, self-organizing, and robust systems are required. Furthermore, the high levels of autonomy and self-organizations of agent systems provide excellent support for developments of systems in which dependability is essential. Both Ubiquitous Computing and Ambient Intelligence scenarios belong in this category. Unfortunately, the lack of appropriate security mechanisms, both their enforcement and usability, is hindering the application of this paradigm in real-world applications. Security issues play an important role in the development of multiagent systems and are considered to be one of the main issues to solve before agent technology is ready to be widely used outside the research community. In this paper, we present a software based solution for the protection of multiagent systems concentrating on the cooperative agents model and the protected computing approach.