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F, A. K., Mhaibes, H. Imad.  2018.  A New Initial Authentication Scheme for Kerberos 5 Based on Biometric Data and Virtual Password. 2018 International Conference on Advanced Science and Engineering (ICOASE). :280–285.

Kerberos is a third party and widely used authentication protocol, in which it enables computers to connect securely using a single sign-on over an insecure channel. It proves the identity of clients and encrypts all the communications between them to ensure data privacy and integrity. Typically, Kerberos composes of three communication phases to establish a secure session between any two clients. The authentication is based on a password-based scheme, in which it is a secret long-term key shared between the client and the Kerberos. Therefore, Kerberos suffers from a password-guessing attack, the main drawback of Kerberos. In this paper, we overcome this limitation by modifying the first initial phase using the virtual password and biometric data. In addition, the proposed protocol provides a strong authentication scenario against multiple types of attacks.

F. Hassan, J. L. Magalini, V. de Campos Pentea, R. A. Santos.  2015.  "A project-based multi-disciplinary elective on digital data processing techniques". 2015 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE). :1-7.

Todays' era of internet-of-things, cloud computing and big data centers calls for more fresh graduates with expertise in digital data processing techniques such as compression, encryption and error correcting codes. This paper describes a project-based elective that covers these three main digital data processing techniques and can be offered to three different undergraduate majors electrical and computer engineering and computer science. The course has been offered successfully for three years. Registration statistics show equal interest from the three different majors. Assessment data show that students have successfully completed the different course outcomes. Students' feedback show that students appreciate the knowledge they attain from this elective and suggest that the workload for this course in relation to other courses of equal credit is as expected.

F. Quader, V. Janeja, J. Stauffer.  2015.  "Persistent threat pattern discovery". 2015 IEEE International Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics (ISI). :179-181.

Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) is a complex (Advanced) cyber-attack (Threat) against specific targets over long periods of time (Persistent) carried out by nation states or terrorist groups with highly sophisticated levels of expertise to establish entries into organizations, which are critical to a country's socio-economic status. The key identifier in such persistent threats is that patterns are long term, could be high priority, and occur consistently over a period of time. This paper focuses on identifying persistent threat patterns in network data, particularly data collected from Intrusion Detection Systems. We utilize Association Rule Mining (ARM) to detect persistent threat patterns on network data. We identify potential persistent threat patterns, which are frequent but at the same time unusual as compared with the other frequent patterns.

Fabian, Benjamin, Ermakova, Tatiana, Lentz, Tino.  2017.  Large-Scale Readability Analysis of Privacy Policies. Proceedings of the International Conference on Web Intelligence. :18–25.

Online privacy policies notify users of a Website how their personal information is collected, processed and stored. Against the background of rising privacy concerns, privacy policies seem to represent an influential instrument for increasing customer trust and loyalty. However, in practice, consumers seem to actually read privacy policies only in rare cases, possibly reflecting the common assumption stating that policies are hard to comprehend. By designing and implementing an automated extraction and readability analysis toolset that embodies a diversity of established readability measures, we present the first large-scale study that provides current empirical evidence on the readability of nearly 50,000 privacy policies of popular English-speaking Websites. The results empirically confirm that on average, current privacy policies are still hard to read. Furthermore, this study presents new theoretical insights for readability research, in particular, to what extent practical readability measures are correlated. Specifically, it shows the redundancy of several well-established readability metrics such as SMOG, RIX, LIX, GFI, FKG, ARI, and FRES, thus easing future choice making processes and comparisons between readability studies, as well as calling for research towards a readability measures framework. Moreover, a more sophisticated privacy policy extractor and analyzer as well as a solid policy text corpus for further research are provided.

Fabre, Arthur, Martinez, Kirk, Bragg, Graeme M., Basford, Philip J., Hart, Jane, Bader, Sebastian, Bragg, Olivia M..  2016.  Deploying a 6LoWPAN, CoAP, Low Power, Wireless Sensor Network: Poster Abstract. Proceedings of the 14th ACM Conference on Embedded Network Sensor Systems CD-ROM. :362–363.

In order to integrate equipment from different vendors, wireless sensor networks need to become more standardized. Using IP as the basis of low power radio networks, together with application layer standards designed for this purpose is one way forward. This research focuses on implementing and deploying a system using Contiki, 6LoWPAN over an 868 MHz radio network, together with CoAP as a standard application layer protocol. A system was deployed in the Cairngorm mountains in Scotland as an environmental sensor network, measuring streams, temperature profiles in peat and periglacial features. It was found that RPL provided an effective routing algorithm, and that the use of UDP packets with CoAP proved to be an energy efficient application layer. This combination of technologies can be very effective in large area sensor networks.

Fachkha, C., Bou-Harb, E., Debbabi, M..  2014.  Fingerprinting Internet DNS Amplification DDoS Activities. New Technologies, Mobility and Security (NTMS), 2014 6th International Conference on. :1-5.

This work proposes a novel approach to infer and characterize Internet-scale DNS amplification DDoS attacks by leveraging the darknet space. Complementary to the pioneer work on inferring Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) using darknet, this work shows that we can extract DDoS activities without relying on backscattered analysis. The aim of this work is to extract cyber security intelligence related to DNS Amplification DDoS activities such as detection period, attack duration, intensity, packet size, rate and geo- location in addition to various network-layer and flow-based insights. To achieve this task, the proposed approach exploits certain DDoS parameters to detect the attacks. We empirically evaluate the proposed approach using 720 GB of real darknet data collected from a /13 address space during a recent three months period. Our analysis reveals that the approach was successful in inferring significant DNS amplification DDoS activities including the recent prominent attack that targeted one of the largest anti-spam organizations. Moreover, the analysis disclosed the mechanism of such DNS amplification DDoS attacks. Further, the results uncover high-speed and stealthy attempts that were never previously documented. The case study of the largest DDoS attack in history lead to a better understanding of the nature and scale of this threat and can generate inferences that could contribute in detecting, preventing, assessing, mitigating and even attributing of DNS amplification DDoS activities.

Fachkha, C., Bou-Harb, E., Debbabi, M..  2014.  Fingerprinting Internet DNS Amplification DDoS Activities. New Technologies, Mobility and Security (NTMS), 2014 6th International Conference on. :1-5.

This work proposes a novel approach to infer and characterize Internet-scale DNS amplification DDoS attacks by leveraging the darknet space. Complementary to the pioneer work on inferring Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) using darknet, this work shows that we can extract DDoS activities without relying on backscattered analysis. The aim of this work is to extract cyber security intelligence related to DNS Amplification DDoS activities such as detection period, attack duration, intensity, packet size, rate and geo- location in addition to various network-layer and flow-based insights. To achieve this task, the proposed approach exploits certain DDoS parameters to detect the attacks. We empirically evaluate the proposed approach using 720 GB of real darknet data collected from a /13 address space during a recent three months period. Our analysis reveals that the approach was successful in inferring significant DNS amplification DDoS activities including the recent prominent attack that targeted one of the largest anti-spam organizations. Moreover, the analysis disclosed the mechanism of such DNS amplification DDoS attacks. Further, the results uncover high-speed and stealthy attempts that were never previously documented. The case study of the largest DDoS attack in history lead to a better understanding of the nature and scale of this threat and can generate inferences that could contribute in detecting, preventing, assessing, mitigating and even attributing of DNS amplification DDoS activities.
 

Facon, A., Guilley, S., Lec'Hvien, M., Schaub, A., Souissi, Y..  2018.  Detecting Cache-Timing Vulnerabilities in Post-Quantum Cryptography Algorithms. 2018 IEEE 3rd International Verification and Security Workshop (IVSW). :7-12.

When implemented on real systems, cryptographic algorithms are vulnerable to attacks observing their execution behavior, such as cache-timing attacks. Designing protected implementations must be done with knowledge and validation tools as early as possible in the development cycle. In this article we propose a methodology to assess the robustness of the candidates for the NIST post-quantum standardization project to cache-timing attacks. To this end we have developed a dedicated vulnerability research tool. It performs a static analysis with tainting propagation of sensitive variables across the source code and detects leakage patterns. We use it to assess the security of the NIST post-quantum cryptography project submissions. Our results show that more than 80% of the analyzed implementations have at least one potential flaw, and three submissions total more than 1000 reported flaws each. Finally, this comprehensive study of the competitors security allows us to identify the most frequent weaknesses amongst candidates and how they might be fixed.

Facon, Adrien, Guilley, Sylvain, Ngo, Xuan-Thuy, Perianin, Thomas.  2019.  Hardware-enabled AI for Embedded Security: A New Paradigm. 2019 3rd International Conference on Recent Advances in Signal Processing, Telecommunications Computing (SigTelCom). :80–84.

As chips become more and more connected, they are more exposed (both to network and to physical attacks). Therefore one shall ensure they enjoy a sufficient protection level. Security within chips is accordingly becoming a hot topic. Incident detection and reporting is one novel function expected from chips. In this talk, we explain why it is worthwhile to resort to Artificial Intelligence (AI) for security event handling. Drivers are the need to aggregate multiple and heterogeneous security sensors, the need to digest this information quickly to produce exploitable information, and so while maintaining a low false positive detection rate. Key features are adequate learning procedures and fast and secure classification accelerated by hardware. A challenge is to embed such security-oriented AI logic, while not compromising chip power budget and silicon area. This talk accounts for the opportunities permitted by the symbiotic encounter between chip security and AI.

Fadhilah, D., Marzuki, M. I..  2020.  Performance Analysis of IDS Snort and IDS Suricata with Many-Core Processor in Virtual Machines Against Dos/DDoS Attacks. 2020 2nd International Conference on Broadband Communications, Wireless Sensors and Powering (BCWSP). :157—162.
The rapid development of technology makes it possible for a physical machine to be converted into a virtual machine, which can operate multiple operating systems that are running simultaneously and connected to the internet. DoS/DDoS attacks are cyber-attacks that can threaten the telecommunications sector because these attacks cause services to be disrupted and be difficult to access. There are several software tools for monitoring abnormal activities on the network, such as IDS Snort and IDS Suricata. From previous studies, IDS Suricata is superior to IDS Snort version 2 because IDS Suricata already supports multi-threading, while IDS Snort version 2 still only supports single-threading. This paper aims to conduct tests on IDS Snort version 3.0 which already supports multi-threading and IDS Suricata. This research was carried out on a virtual machine with 1 core, 2 core, and 4 core processor settings for CPU, memory, and capture packet attacks on IDS Snort version 3.0 and IDS Suricata. The attack scenario is divided into 2 parts: DoS attack scenario using 1 physical computer, and DDoS attack scenario using 5 physical computers. Based on overall testing, the results are: In general, IDS Snort version 3.0 is better than IDS Suricata. This is based on the results when using a maximum of 4 core processor, in which IDS Snort version 3.0 CPU usage is stable at 55% - 58%, a maximum memory of 3,000 MB, can detect DoS attacks with 27,034,751 packets, and DDoS attacks with 36,919,395 packets. Meanwhile, different results were obtained by IDS Suricata, in which CPU usage is better compared to IDS Snort version 3.0 with only 10% - 40% usage, and a maximum memory of 1,800 MB. However, the capabilities of detecting DoS attacks are smaller with 3,671,305 packets, and DDoS attacks with a total of 7,619,317 packets on a TCP Flood attack test.
Fadhlillah, Aghnia, Karna, Nyoman, Irawan, Arif.  2021.  IDS Performance Analysis using Anomaly-based Detection Method for DOS Attack. 2020 IEEE International Conference on Internet of Things and Intelligence System (IoTaIS). :18–22.
Intrusion Detection System (IDS) is a system that could detect suspicious activity in a network. Two approaches are known for IDS, namely signature-based and anomaly-based. The anomaly-based detection method was chosen to detect suspicious and abnormal activity for the system that cannot be performed by the signature-based method. In this study, attack testing was carried out using three DoS tools, namely the LOIC, Torshammer, and Xerxes tools, with a test scenario using IDS and without IDS. From the test results that have been carried out, IDS has successfully detected the attacks that were sent, for the delivery of the most consecutive attack packages, namely Torshammer, Xerxes, and LOIC. In the detection of Torshammer attack tools on the target FTP Server, 9421 packages were obtained, for Xerxes tools as many as 10618 packages and LOIC tools as many as 6115 packages. Meanwhile, attacks on the target Web Server for Torshammer tools were 299 packages, for Xerxes tools as many as 530 packages, and for LOIC tools as many as 103 packages. The accuracy of the IDS performance results is 88.66%, the precision is 88.58% and the false positive rate is 63.17%.
Fadolalkarim, Daren, Bertino, Elisa, Sallam, Asmaa.  2020.  An Anomaly Detection System for the Protection of Relational Database Systems against Data Leakage by Application Programs. 2020 IEEE 36th International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE). :265—276.
Application programs are a possible source of attacks to databases as attackers might exploit vulnerabilities in a privileged database application. They can perform code injection or code-reuse attack in order to steal sensitive data. However, as such attacks very often result in changes in the program's behavior, program monitoring techniques represent an effective defense to detect on-going attacks. One such technique is monitoring the library/system calls that the application program issues while running. In this paper, we propose AD-PROM, an Anomaly Detection system that aims at protecting relational database systems against malicious/compromised applications PROgraMs aiming at stealing data. AD-PROM tracks calls executed by application programs on data extracted from a database. The system operates in two phases. The first phase statically and dynamically analyzes the behavior of the application in order to build profiles representing the application's normal behavior. AD-PROM analyzes the control and data flow of the application program (i.e., static analysis), and builds a hidden Markov model trained by the program traces (i.e., dynamic analysis). During the second phase, the program execution is monitored in order to detect anomalies that may represent data leakage attempts. We have implemented AD-PROM and carried experimental activities to assess its performance. The results showed that our system is highly accurate in detecting changes in the application programs' behaviors and has very low false positive rates.
Fadul, Mohamed K. M., Reising, Donald R., Arasu, K. T., Clark, Michael R..  2021.  Adversarial Machine Learning for Enhanced Spread Spectrum Communications. MILCOM 2021 - 2021 IEEE Military Communications Conference (MILCOM). :783–788.
Recently deep learning has demonstrated much success within the fields of image and natural language processing, facial recognition, and computer vision. The success is attributed to large, accessible databases and deep learning's ability to learn highly accurate models. Thus, deep learning is being investigated as a viable end-to-end approach to digital communications design. This work investigates the use of adversarial deep learning to ensure that a radio can communicate covertly, via Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS), with another while a third (the adversary) is actively attempting to detect, intercept and exploit their communications. The adversary's ability to detect and exploit the DSSS signals is hindered by: (i) generating a set of spreading codes that are balanced and result in low side lobes as well as (ii) actively adapting the encoding scheme. Lastly, DSSS communications performance is assessed using energy constrained devices to accurately portray IoT and IoBT device limitations.
Faghihi, Farnood, Abadi, Mahdi, Tajoddin, Asghar.  2018.  SMSBotHunter: A Novel Anomaly Detection Technique to Detect SMS Botnets. 2018 15th International ISC (Iranian Society of Cryptology) Conference on Information Security and Cryptology (ISCISC). :1–6.
Over the past few years, botnets have emerged as one of the most serious cybersecurity threats faced by individuals and organizations. After infecting millions of servers and workstations worldwide, botmasters have started to develop botnets for mobile devices. Mobile botnets use different mediums to communicate with their botmasters. Although significant research has been done to detect mobile botnets that use the Internet as their command and control (C&C) channel, little research has investigated SMS botnets per se. In order to fill this gap, in this paper, we first divide SMS botnets based on their characteristics into three families, namely, info stealer, SMS stealer, and SMS spammer. Then, we propose SMSBotHunter, a novel anomaly detection technique that detects SMS botnets using textual and behavioral features and one-class classification. We experimentally evaluate the detection performance of SMSBotHunter by simulating the behavior of human users and SMS botnets. The experimental results demonstrate that most of the SMS messages sent or received by info stealer and SMS spammer botnets can be detected using textual features exclusively. It is also revealed that behavioral features are crucial for the detection of SMS stealer botnets and will improve the overall detection performance.
Fahad, S.K. Ahammad, Yahya, Abdulsamad Ebrahim.  2018.  Inflectional Review of Deep Learning on Natural Language Processing. 2018 International Conference on Smart Computing and Electronic Enterprise (ICSCEE). :1–4.
In the age of knowledge, Natural Language Processing (NLP) express its demand by a huge range of utilization. Previously NLP was dealing with statically data. Contemporary time NLP is doing considerably with the corpus, lexicon database, pattern reorganization. Considering Deep Learning (DL) method recognize artificial Neural Network (NN) to nonlinear process, NLP tools become increasingly accurate and efficient that begin a debacle. Multi-Layer Neural Network obtaining the importance of the NLP for its capability including standard speed and resolute output. Hierarchical designs of data operate recurring processing layers to learn and with this arrangement of DL methods manage several practices. In this paper, this resumed striving to reach a review of the tools and the necessary methodology to present a clear understanding of the association of NLP and DL for truly understand in the training. Efficiency and execution both are improved in NLP by Part of speech tagging (POST), Morphological Analysis, Named Entity Recognition (NER), Semantic Role Labeling (SRL), Syntactic Parsing, and Coreference resolution. Artificial Neural Networks (ANN), Time Delay Neural Networks (TDNN), Recurrent Neural Network (RNN), Convolution Neural Networks (CNN), and Long-Short-Term-Memory (LSTM) dealings among Dense Vector (DV), Windows Approach (WA), and Multitask learning (MTL) as a characteristic of Deep Learning. After statically methods, when DL communicate the influence of NLP, the individual form of the NLP process and DL rule collaboration was started a fundamental connection.
Fahl, Sascha, Harbach, Marian, Perl, Henning, Koetter, Markus, Smith, Matthew.  2013.  Rethinking SSL Development in an Appified World. Proceedings of the 2013 ACM SIGSAC Conference on Computer &\#38; Communications Security. :49–60.
The Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is widely used to secure data transfers on the Internet. Previous studies have shown that the state of non-browser SSL code is catastrophic across a large variety of desktop applications and libraries as well as a large selection of Android apps, leaving users vulnerable to Man-in-the-Middle attacks (MITMAs). To determine possible causes of SSL problems on all major appified platforms, we extended the analysis to the walled-garden ecosystem of iOS, analyzed software developer forums and conducted interviews with developers of vulnerable apps. Our results show that the root causes are not simply careless developers, but also limitations and issues of the current SSL development paradigm. Based on our findings, we derive a proposal to rethink the handling of SSL in the appified world and present a set of countermeasures to improve the handling of SSL using Android as a blueprint for other platforms. Our countermeasures prevent developers from willfully or accidentally breaking SSL certificate validation, offer support for extended features such as SSL Pinning and different SSL validation infrastructures, and protect users. We evaluated our solution against 13,500 popular Android apps and conducted developer interviews to judge the acceptance of our approach and found that our solution works well for all investigated apps and developers.
Fahrbach, M., Miller, G. L., Peng, R., Sawlani, S., Wang, J., Xu, S. C..  2018.  Graph Sketching against Adaptive Adversaries Applied to the Minimum Degree Algorithm. 2018 IEEE 59th Annual Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science (FOCS). :101–112.

Motivated by the study of matrix elimination orderings in combinatorial scientific computing, we utilize graph sketching and local sampling to give a data structure that provides access to approximate fill degrees of a matrix undergoing elimination in polylogarithmic time per elimination and query. We then study the problem of using this data structure in the minimum degree algorithm, which is a widely-used heuristic for producing elimination orderings for sparse matrices by repeatedly eliminating the vertex with (approximate) minimum fill degree. This leads to a nearly-linear time algorithm for generating approximate greedy minimum degree orderings. Despite extensive studies of algorithms for elimination orderings in combinatorial scientific computing, our result is the first rigorous incorporation of randomized tools in this setting, as well as the first nearly-linear time algorithm for producing elimination orderings with provable approximation guarantees. While our sketching data structure readily works in the oblivious adversary model, by repeatedly querying and greedily updating itself, it enters the adaptive adversarial model where the underlying sketches become prone to failure due to dependency issues with their internal randomness. We show how to use an additional sampling procedure to circumvent this problem and to create an independent access sequence. Our technique for decorrelating interleaved queries and updates to this randomized data structure may be of independent interest.

Fahrenkrog-Petersen, Stephan A., van der Aa, Han, Weidlich, Matthias.  2019.  PRETSA: Event Log Sanitization for Privacy-aware Process Discovery. 2019 International Conference on Process Mining (ICPM). :1—8.

Event logs that originate from information systems enable comprehensive analysis of business processes, e.g., by process model discovery. However, logs potentially contain sensitive information about individual employees involved in process execution that are only partially hidden by an obfuscation of the event data. In this paper, we therefore address the risk of privacy-disclosure attacks on event logs with pseudonymized employee information. To this end, we introduce PRETSA, a novel algorithm for event log sanitization that provides privacy guarantees in terms of k-anonymity and t-closeness. It thereby avoids disclosure of employee identities, their membership in the event log, and their characterization based on sensitive attributes, such as performance information. Through step-wise transformations of a prefix-tree representation of an event log, we maintain its high utility for discovery of a performance-annotated process model. Experiments with real-world data demonstrate that sanitization with PRETSA yields event logs of higher utility compared to methods that exploit frequency-based filtering, while providing the same privacy guarantees.

Faith, B. Fatokun, Hamid, S., Norman, A., Johnson, O. Fatokun, Eke, C. I..  2020.  Relating Factors of Tertiary Institution Students’ Cybersecurity Behavior. 2020 International Conference in Mathematics, Computer Engineering and Computer Science (ICMCECS). :1—6.

Humans are majorly identified as the weakest link in cybersecurity. Tertiary institution students undergo lot of cybersecurity issues due to their constant Internet exposure, however there is a lack in literature with regards to tertiary institution students' cybersecurity behaviors. This research aimed at linking the factors responsible for tertiary institutions students' cybersecurity behavior, via validated cybersecurity factors, Perceived Vulnerability (PV); Perceived Barriers (PBr); Perceived Severity (PS); Security Self-Efficacy (SSE); Response Efficacy (RE); Cues to Action (CA); Peer Behavior (PBhv); Computer Skills (CS); Internet Skills (IS); Prior Experience with Computer Security Practices (PE); Perceived Benefits (PBnf); Familiarity with Cyber-Threats (FCT), thus exploring the relationship between the factors and the students' Cybersecurity Behaviors (CSB). A cross-sectional online survey was used to gather data from 450 undergraduate and postgraduate students from tertiary institutions within Klang Valley, Malaysia. Correlation Analysis was used to find the relationships existing among the cybersecurity behavioral factors via SPSS version 25. Results indicate that all factors were significantly related to the cybersecurity behaviors of the students apart from Perceived Severity. Practically, the study instigates the need for more cybersecurity training and practices in the tertiary institutions.

Fajari, Muhammad Fadhillah, Ogi, Dion.  2021.  Implementation of Efficient Anonymous Certificate-Based Multi-Message and Multi-Receiver Signcryption On Raspberry Pi-Based Internet of Things Monitoring System. 2021 International Conference on ICT for Smart Society (ICISS). :1–5.
Internet of things as a technology that connect internet and physical world has been implemented in many diverse fields and has been proven very useful and flexible. In every implementation of technology that involve internet, security must be a great concern, including the implementation of IoT technology. A lot of alternatives can be used to achieve security of IoT. Ming et al. has proposed novel signcryption scheme to secure IoT of monitoring health data. In this work, proposed signcryption scheme from Ming et al. has been successfully implemented using Raspberry Pi and ESP32 and has proven work in securing IoT data.
Fajri, M., Hariyanto, N., Gemsjaeger, B..  2020.  Automatic Protection Implementation Considering Protection Assessment Method of DER Penetration for Smart Distribution Network. 2020 International Conference on Technology and Policy in Energy and Electric Power (ICT-PEP). :323—328.
Due to geographical locations of Indonesia, some technology such as hydro and solar photovoltaics are very attractive to be used and developed. Distribution Energy Resources (DER) is the appropriate schemes implemented to achieve optimal operation respecting the location and capacity of the plant. The Gorontalo sub-system network was chosen as a case study considering both of micro-hydro and PV as contributed to supply the grid. The needs of a smart electrical system are required to improve reliability, power quality, and adaptation to any circumstances during DER application. While the topology was changing over time, intermittent of DER output and bidirectional power flow can be overcome with smart grid systems. In this study, an automation algorithm has been conducted to aid the engineers in solving the protection problems caused by DER implementation. The Protection Security Assessment (PSA) method is used to evaluate the state of the protection system. Determine the relay settings using an adaptive rule-based method on expert systems. The application with a Graphical User Interface (GUI) has been developed to make user easier to get the specific relay settings and locations which are sensitive, fast, reliable, and selective.
Falcon, R., Abielmona, R., Billings, S., Plachkov, A., Abbass, H..  2014.  Risk management with hard-soft data fusion in maritime domain awareness. Computational Intelligence for Security and Defense Applications (CISDA), 2014 Seventh IEEE Symposium on. :1-8.

Enhanced situational awareness is integral to risk management and response evaluation. Dynamic systems that incorporate both hard and soft data sources allow for comprehensive situational frameworks which can supplement physical models with conceptual notions of risk. The processing of widely available semi-structured textual data sources can produce soft information that is readily consumable by such a framework. In this paper, we augment the situational awareness capabilities of a recently proposed risk management framework (RMF) with the incorporation of soft data. We illustrate the beneficial role of the hard-soft data fusion in the characterization and evaluation of potential vessels in distress within Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) scenarios. Risk features pertaining to maritime vessels are defined a priori and then quantified in real time using both hard (e.g., Automatic Identification System, Douglas Sea Scale) as well as soft (e.g., historical records of worldwide maritime incidents) data sources. A risk-aware metric to quantify the effectiveness of the hard-soft fusion process is also proposed. Though illustrated with MDA scenarios, the proposed hard-soft fusion methodology within the RMF can be readily applied to other domains.
 

Falcone, Alberto, Garro, Alfredo.  2020.  Pitfalls and Remedies in Modeling and Simulation of Cyber Physical Systems. 2020 IEEE/ACM 24th International Symposium on Distributed Simulation and Real Time Applications (DS-RT). :1–5.
The ever-growing advances in science and technology have led to a rapid increase in the complexity of most engineered systems. Cyber-physical Systems (CPSs) are the result of this technology advancement that involves new paradigms, architectures and functionalities derived from different engineering domains. Due to the nature of CPSs, which are composed of many heterogeneous components that constantly interact one another and with the environment, it is difficult to study, explain hypothesis and evaluate design alternatives without using Modeling and Simulation (M&S) approaches. M&S is increasingly used in the CPS domain with different objectives; however, its adoption is not easy and straightforward but can lead to pitfalls that need to be recognized and addressed. This paper identifies some important pitfalls deriving from the application of M&S approaches to the CPS study and presents remedies, which are already available in the literature, to prevent and face them.
Falk, E., Repcek, S., Fiz, B., Hommes, S., State, R., Sasnauskas, R..  2017.  VSOC - A Virtual Security Operating Center. GLOBECOM 2017 - 2017 IEEE Global Communications Conference. :1–6.

Security in virtualised environments is becoming increasingly important for institutions, not only for a firm's own on-site servers and network but also for data and sites that are hosted in the cloud. Today, security is either handled globally by the cloud provider, or each customer needs to invest in its own security infrastructure. This paper proposes a Virtual Security Operation Center (VSOC) that allows to collect, analyse and visualize security related data from multiple sources. For instance, a user can forward log data from its firewalls, applications and routers in order to check for anomalies and other suspicious activities. The security analytics provided by the VSOC are comparable to those of commercial security incident and event management (SIEM) solutions, but are deployed as a cloud-based solution with the additional benefit of using big data processing tools to handle large volumes of data. This allows us to detect more complex attacks that cannot be detected with todays signature-based (i.e. rules) SIEM solutions.

Fallah, Zahra, Ebrahimpour-Komleh, Hossein, Mousavirad, Seyed Jalaleddin.  2021.  A Novel Hybrid Pyramid Texture-Based Facial Expression Recognition. 2021 5th International Conference on Pattern Recognition and Image Analysis (IPRIA). :1—6.
Automated analysis of facial expressions is one of the most interesting and challenging problems in many areas such as human-computer interaction. Facial images are affected by many factors, such as intensity, pose and facial expressions. These factors make facial expression recognition problem a challenge. The aim of this paper is to propose a new method based on the pyramid local binary pattern (PLBP) and the pyramid local phase quantization (PLPQ), which are the extension of the local binary pattern (LBP) and the local phase quantization (LPQ) as two methods for extracting texture features. LBP operator is used to extract LBP feature in the spatial domain and LPQ operator is used to extract LPQ feature in the frequency domain. The combination of features in spatial and frequency domains can provide important information in both domains. In this paper, PLBP and PLPQ operators are separately used to extract features. Then, these features are combined to create a new feature vector. The advantage of pyramid transform domain is that it can recognize facial expressions efficiently and with high accuracy even for very low-resolution facial images. The proposed method is verified on the CK+ facial expression database. The proposed method achieves the recognition rate of 99.85% on CK+ database.