Patent Number: 8,793,211

Title: System and method for secure information sharing with untrusted recipients

Abstract: System, method and computer program product for modelling information sharing domains as Partially Observable Markov Decision Processes (POMDP), and that provides solutions that view the information sharing as a sequential process where the trustworthiness of the information recipients is monitored using data leakage detection mechanisms. In one embodiment, the system, method and computer program product performs (i) formulating information sharing decisions using Partially Observable Markov Decision Processes combined with a digital watermarking leakage detection mechanism, and (ii) deriving optimal information sharing strategies for the sender and optimal information leakage strategies for a recipient as a function of the efficacy of the underlying monitoring mechanism. By employing POMDPs in information sharing domains, users (senders) can maximize the expected reward of their data/information sharing actions.

Inventors: Marecki; Janusz (New York, NY), Srivatsa; Mudhakar (White Plains, NY)

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation

International Classification: G06F 15/00 (20060101); G06F 15/18 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 7/29/12018