Agent communities are self-organized virtual spaces consisting of a large number of agents and their dynamic environments. Within a community, agents group together offering special e-services for effective, reliable, and mutual benefits. Usually, an agent community is composed of specialized agents performing one or more tasks in a single domain/sub-domain, or in highly intersecting domains. However, secure Multi- Agent Systems require severe mechanisms in order to prevent malicious attacks. Several limits affect exiting secure agents platform, such as the lack of a strong authentication system, the lack of a flexible distributed mechanism for access control and the lack of a system for storing past behaviors of agent/user. Biometric owner agents authentication, agent/users policies to regulate agent''s behavior and actions, and agent/users reputation level to select trusted agents can be used to overcome the above limits and enhance the level of security for these applications. In this paper an extended JADE-S based framework for developing secure Multi-Agent Systems is proposed. The framework functionalities are extended by self-contained FPGA biometric sensors providing secure and fast user authentication service. Each agent owner, by means of biometric authentication, acquires his/her own X.509v3 digital certificate. Policy files and a flexible, fast distributed Access Control Mechanism can regulate behavior and actions of any users/agent inside the platform. In addition, a mechanism based on the agent reputation is used: reputation is an attribute associated to each owner and/or agent on the basis of its past behavior and integrity. In order to prove the feasibility of the proposed framework, we have developed a multi-agent e-Banking system. System goal deals with e-Banking services such as bank account statements, account transactions and so on. In the paper, the experimental features of the biometric self-contained sensors are also outlined.
|Numero di pagine||18|
|Rivista||COMPUTER STANDARDS & INTERFACES|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2009|
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