I’m calling it now. We live in the future, and that future is cyberpunk. With revolutionary prosthetics for disabled vets rivaling anything we’ve seen in the movies over the past 20 years, we were pretty close, but now DAEDALUS has made Hollywood’s sometimes outlandish guesses at the future graphical representations of data a reality.
DAEDALUS stands for Direct Alert Environment for Darknet and Livenet Unified Security. Not just more proof that you can make a cool acronym for anything if you put your mind to it, the DAEDALUS system is a live graphical monitoring and notification system for cyber attacks across multiple networks. With it, sys admins can actually see the spread of malicious software throughout a system or monitor a suspicious spike in data traffic as it happens and trace it to its source with a glance rather than digging through tons of logs to root out the problem as they do now.
Here is a look at the DAEDALUS in action…
According to phys.org the DAEDALUS system was developed by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology in Japan as a national warning system for cyber-attacks to be used in concert with their earlier creation called Nicter, another early-detection and analysis program. In reality, it sounds a little like Nicter will be doing all of the leg work while DAEDALUS just looks pretty. The NICT has already said they will just give DAEDALUS to educational institutions that already have their Nicter system in place, which doesn’t really give one the impression that the new program has a lot of intrinsic value.
Regardless of whether or not DAEDALUS adds anything useful to the sys admin’s tool belt, it will make one sweet screensaver.