Distributed Secure Cooperative Control Under Denial-of-Service Attacks From Multiple Adversaries

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Original languageEnglish
Article number8643042
Pages (from-to)3458-3467
Journal / PublicationIEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
Issue number8
Online published15 Feb 2019
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020


This paper develops a fully distributed framework to investigate the cooperative behavior of multiagent systems in the presence of distributed denial-of-service (DoS) attacks launched by multiple adversaries. In such an insecure network environment, two kinds of communication schemes, that is, sample-data and event-triggered communication schemes, are discussed. Then, a fully distributed control protocol with strong robustness and high scalability is well designed. This protocol guarantees asymptotic consensus against distributed DoS attacks. In this paper, 'fully' emphasizes that the eigenvalue information of the Laplacian matrix is not required in the design of both the control protocol and event conditions. For the event-triggered case, two effective dynamical event-triggered schemes are proposed, which are independent of any global information. Such event-triggered schemes do not exhibit Zeno behavior even in the insecure environment. Finally, a simulation example is provided to verify the effectiveness of theoretical analysis.

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  • Asymptotic consensus, distributed denial-of-service (DoS) attack, distributed secure control, event-triggered, sample data