Today networks are interconnected wired and wireless network. With the explosive growth and increasing complexity of network applications, malware attacks such as worm attack against network are critical. Although of the evolution of worm detection techniques, worms are still the most malware threats attacking computer systems. Early detection of unknown worms is still a problem. Swarm Intelligence (SI) in recent patents seeks inspiration in the behavior of swarms of insects or other animals such as ants. After applied in other fields with success we used it in the field of worm detection. Artificial neural networks may either be used to gain an understanding of biological neural networks, or for solving artificial intelligence problems without necessarily creating a model of a real biological system.
This paper introduces a system for detecting unknown worms based on the collected information from local victim using Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) and Artificial Neural Network (ANN). This system can detect unknown worms effectively in both small and large size networks. In addition, this system produces prediction to the infection percentage in the network. This prediction mechanism supports the network administrator in decision-making process to respond quickly to worm propagation accurately.