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Naik, N., Jenkins, P., Kerby, B., Sloane, J., Yang, L..  2018.  Fuzzy Logic Aided Intelligent Threat Detection in Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance 5500 Series Firewalls. 2018 IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems (FUZZ-IEEE). :1-8.

Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) 5500 Series Firewall is amongst the most popular and technically advanced for securing organisational networks and systems. One of its most valuable features is its threat detection function which is available on every version of the firewall running a software version of 8.0(2) or higher. Threat detection operates at layers 3 and 4 to determine a baseline for network traffic, analysing packet drop statistics and generating threat reports based on traffic patterns. Despite producing a large volume of statistical information relating to several security events, further effort is required to mine and visually report more significant information and conclude the security status of the network. There are several commercial off-the-shelf tools available to undertake this task, however, they are expensive and may require a cloud subscription. Furthermore, if the information transmitted over the network is sensitive or requires confidentiality, the involvement of a third party or a third-party tool may place organisational security at risk. Therefore, this paper presents a fuzzy logic aided intelligent threat detection solution, which is a cost-free, intuitive and comprehensible solution, enhancing and simplifying the threat detection process for all. In particular, it employs a fuzzy reasoning system based on the threat detection statistics, and presents results/threats through a developed dashboard user interface, for ease of understanding for administrators and users. The paper further demonstrates the successful utilisation of a fuzzy reasoning system for selected and prioritised security events in basic threat detection, although it can be extended to encompass more complex situations, such as complete basic threat detection, advanced threat detection, scanning threat detection, and customised feature based threat detection.

Naik, N., Jenkins, P., Cooke, R., Yang, L..  2018.  Honeypots That Bite Back: A Fuzzy Technique for Identifying and Inhibiting Fingerprinting Attacks on Low Interaction Honeypots. 2018 IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems (FUZZ-IEEE). :1-8.
The development of a robust strategy for network security is reliant upon a combination of in-house expertise and for completeness attack vectors used by attackers. A honeypot is one of the most popular mechanisms used to gather information about attacks and attackers. However, low-interaction honeypots only emulate an operating system and services, and are more prone to a fingerprinting attack, resulting in severe consequences such as revealing the identity of the honeypot and thus ending the usefulness of the honeypot forever, or worse, enabling it to be converted into a bot used to attack others. A number of tools and techniques are available both to fingerprint low-interaction honeypots and to defend against such fingerprinting; however, there is an absence of fingerprinting techniques to identify the characteristics and behaviours that indicate fingerprinting is occurring. Therefore, this paper proposes a fuzzy technique to correlate the attack actions and predict the probability that an attack is a fingerprinting attack on the honeypot. Initially, an experimental assessment of the fingerprinting attack on the low- interaction honeypot is performed, and a fingerprinting detection mechanism is proposed that includes the underlying principles of popular fingerprinting attack tools. This implementation is based on a popular and commercially available low-interaction honeypot for Windows - KFSensor. However, the proposed fuzzy technique is a general technique and can be used with any low-interaction honeypot to aid in the identification of the fingerprinting attack whilst it is occurring; thus protecting the honeypot from the fingerprinting attack and extending its life.
Yang, L., Murmann, B..  2017.  SRAM voltage scaling for energy-efficient convolutional neural networks. 2017 18th International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design (ISQED). :7–12.

State-of-the-art convolutional neural networks (ConvNets) are now able to achieve near human performance on a wide range of classification tasks. Unfortunately, current hardware implementations of ConvNets are memory power intensive, prohibiting deployment in low-power embedded systems and IoE platforms. One method of reducing memory power is to exploit the error resilience of ConvNets and accept bit errors under reduced supply voltages. In this paper, we extensively study the effectiveness of this idea and show that further savings are possible by injecting bit errors during ConvNet training. Measurements on an 8KB SRAM in 28nm UTBB FD-SOI CMOS demonstrate supply voltage reduction of 310mV, which results in up to 5.4× leakage power reduction and up to 2.9× memory access power reduction at 99% of floating-point classification accuracy, with no additional hardware cost. To our knowledge, this is the first silicon-validated study on the effect of bit errors in ConvNets.

Qiao, Z., Cheng, L., Zhang, S., Yang, L., Guo, C..  2017.  Detection of Composite Insulators Inner Defects Based on Flash Thermography. 2017 1st International Conference on Electrical Materials and Power Equipment (ICEMPE). :359–363.

Usually, the air gap will appear inside the composite insulators and it will lead to serious accident. In order to detect these internal defects in composite insulators operated in the transmission lines, a new non-destructive technique has been proposed. In the study, the mathematical analysis model of the composite insulators inner defects, which is about heat diffusion, has been build. The model helps to analyze the propagation process of heat loss and judge the structure and defects under the surface. Compared with traditional detection methods and other non-destructive techniques, the technique mentioned above has many advantages. In the study, air defects of composite insulators have been made artificially. Firstly, the artificially fabricated samples are tested by flash thermography, and this method shows a good performance to figure out the structure or defects under the surface. Compared the effect of different excitation between flash and hair drier, the artificially samples have a better performance after heating by flash. So the flash excitation is better. After testing by different pollution on the surface, it can be concluded that different pollution don't have much influence on figuring out the structure or defect under the surface, only have some influence on heat diffusion. Then the defective composite insulators from work site are detected and the image of defect is clear. This new active thermography system can be detected quickly, efficiently and accurately, ignoring the influence of different pollution and other environmental restrictions. So it will have a broad prospect of figuring out the defeats and structure in composite insulators even other styles of insulators.

Han, Z., Yang, L., Liu, Q..  2017.  A Novel Multifactor Two-Server Authentication Scheme under the Mobile Cloud Computing. 2017 International Conference on Networking and Network Applications (NaNA). :341–346.
Because the authentication method based username-password has the disadvantage of easy disclosure and low reliability, and also the excess password management degrades the user experience tremendously, the user is eager to get rid of the bond of the password in order to seek a new way of authentication. Therefore, the multifactor biometrics-based user authentication wins the favor of people with advantages of simplicity, convenience and high reliability, especially in the mobile payment environment. Unfortunately, in the existing scheme, biometric information is stored on the server side. As thus, once the server is hacked by attackers to cause the leakage of the fingerprint information, it will take a deadly threat to the user privacy. Aim at the security problem due to the fingerprint information in the mobile payment environment, we propose a novel multifactor two-server authentication scheme under mobile computing (MTSAS). In the MTSAS, it divides the authentication method and authentication means, in the meanwhile, the user's biometric characteristics cannot leave the user device. And also, MTSAS chooses the different authentication factors depending on the privacy level of the authentication, and then provides the authentication based on the different security levels. BAN logic's result proves that MTSAS has achieved the purpose of authentication, and meets the security requirements. In comparison with other schemes, the analysis shows that the proposed scheme MTSAS not only has the reasonable computational efficiency, but also keeps the superior communication cost.
Xiong, X., Yang, L..  2017.  Multi End-Hopping Modeling and Optimization Using Cooperative Game. 2017 4th International Conference on Information Science and Control Engineering (ICISCE). :470–474.

End-hopping is an effective component of Moving Target Defense (MTD) by randomly hopping network configuration of host, which is a game changing technique against cyber-attack and can interrupt cyber kill chain in the early stage. In this paper, a novel end-hopping model, Multi End-hopping (MEH), is proposed to exploit the full potentials of MTD techniques by hosts cooperating with others to share possible configurable space (PCS). And an optimization method based on cooperative game is presented to make hosts form optimal alliances against reconnaissance, scanning and blind probing DoS attack. Those model and method confuse adversaries by establishing alliances of hosts to enlarge their PCS, which thwarts various malicious scanning and mitigates probing DoS attack intensity. Through simulations, we validate the correctness of MEH model and the effectiveness of optimization method. Experiment results show that the proposed model and method increase system stable operational probability while introduces a low overhead in optimization.