Multi-Dimensional Reputation Scoring

  • US 20080175266A1
  • Filed: 01/24/2007
  • Published: 07/24/2008
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/24/2007
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A computer implemented method operable to assign a reputation to a communications entity associated with a received communication, comprising:

  • arranging a plurality of agents within a network, the plurality of agents being associated with a security device operable to protect an associated network from communications that violate a policy associated with the associated network;

    collecting data associated with entities originating communications, wherein collecting data comprises using the plurality of agents to collect data associated with the communications;

    aggregating the collected data;

    analyzing the aggregated data to identify attributes respectively associated with entities originating communications;

    correlating the attributes to identify relationships between entities;

    updating a reputation associated with one or more entities based upon the relationship to one or more other entities identified by correlating the attributes; and

    communicating updated reputation information to one or more of the plurality of agents.

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