As indicated in my post of Monday, 11/22/2010, I am extrapolating Jeff Walker's Principles for the Perfect Application into a discussion of The Perfect Virus. Since Jeff's monograph on the subject did not anticipate stealth or suicide mechanisms, any errors or lapses into stupidity are solely my additions and should not reflect poorly on what I consider to be the biggest single contribution to software application design since the invention of computers. And Jeff, thanks for giving me permission to do surgery on your baby.THE PRINCIPLE OF INSTITUTIONAL MEMORY: The Perfect Virus aggregates genetic memory—from previous Mutation Control (principle #6) trails, failed attacks or suicides documented as part of Feral Fertility (principle #2), and various other penetration metrics reported to the Prosumption (principle #11) dashboard—into an Artificial Intelligence (AI) help desk mechanism for leaders as well as individual workers. The AI uses Institutional Memory to compute the probability of and the timeframe for success at each state of an operation.
Institutional Memory contains:
- Tactics that have worked in the past;
- Tactics that no longer work in certain areas;
- Windows of opportunity that may close soon;
- Performance analytics sliced and diced by personnel and organizational performance, financial yield, historical timeline, etc.;
- Hardened sites and their defensive countermeasures;
- Cumulative Genetic Memory (a la Frank Herbert's Dune novels);
- Mutation history analytics, including timeline;
- Parley statistics (conversations invoked due to the institution's compliance with the Cyber Privateer Code) and resolution analysis;
- Competitive statistics obtained from run-ins with other privateering/virus-launching organizations; and
- Rule-based escalation analytics to immediately notify the command chain of exceptional situations.
Tomorrow will be the final principle, #22: Defense. And I confess, it's the one that let me take some giant leaps of fantasy as I considered the defensive arsenal made possible by The Perfect Virus. Stay tuned.