Visible to the public Ontology based approach for perception of network security state

TitleOntology based approach for perception of network security state
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsBhandari, P., Gujral, M.S.
Conference NameEngineering and Computational Sciences (RAECS), 2014 Recent Advances in
Date PublishedMarch
KeywordsAutomation, computer network security, computer networks, Hardware, Manuals, network operating system, network operating systems, Network Security Status, Network Situational awareness, Ontologies, ontologies (artificial intelligence), Ontology, security, Taxonomy, taxonomy classes

This paper presents an ontological approach to perceive the current security status of the network. Computer network is a dynamic entity whose state changes with the introduction of new services, installation of new network operating system, and addition of new hardware components, creation of new user roles and by attacks from various actors instigated by aggressors. Various security mechanisms employed in the network does not give the complete picture of security of complete network. In this paper we have proposed taxonomy and ontology which may be used to infer impact of various events happening in the network on security status of the network. Vulnerability, Network and Attack are the main taxonomy classes in the ontology. Vulnerability class describes various types of vulnerabilities in the network which may in hardware components like storage devices, computing devices or networks devices. Attack class has many subclasses like Actor class which is entity executing the attack, Goal class describes goal of the attack, Attack mechanism class defines attack methodology, Scope class describes size and utility of the target, Automation level describes the automation level of the attack Evaluation of security status of the network is required for network security situational awareness. Network class has network operating system, users, roles, hardware components and services as its subclasses. Based on this taxonomy ontology has been developed to perceive network security status. Finally a framework, which uses this ontology as knowledgebase has been proposed.

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