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Ant-Based Cyber Defense (ABCD) is a software system that detects abnormal activities and cyber threats across a large network of computers. The software mimics the behavior of an ant colony to protect a network against intruders by allowing a small “ant-like” program to wander from device to device. A set of collaborating enclave hierarchies of software agents and humans operates across a network and uses “swarm” technology to identify possible security risks. ABCD requires no centralized control, enabling the framework to scale to very large infrastructures—networks that host millions of devices.