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2019-08-05
Xia, S., Li, N., Xiaofeng, T., Fang, C..  2018.  Multiple Attributes Based Spoofing Detection Using an Improved Clustering Algorithm in Mobile Edge Network. 2018 1st IEEE International Conference on Hot Information-Centric Networking (HotICN). :242–243.

Information centric network (ICN) based Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) network has drawn growing attentions in recent years. The distributed network architecture brings new security problems, especially the identity security problem. Because of the cloud platform deployed on the edge of the MEC network, multiple channel attributes can be easily obtained and processed. Thus this paper proposes a multiple channel attributes based spoofing detection mechanism. To further reduce the complexity, we also propose an improved clustering algorithm. The simulation results indicate that the proposed spoofing detection method can provide near-optimal performance with extremely low complexity.

2019-05-01
Hadj, M. A. El, Erradi, M., Khoumsi, A., Benkaouz, Y..  2018.  Validation and Correction of Large Security Policies: A Clustering and Access Log Based Approach. 2018 IEEE International Conference on Big Data (Big Data). :5330-5332.

In big data environments with big number of users and high volume of data, we need to manage the corresponding huge number of security policies. Due to the distributed management of these policies, they may contain several anomalies, such as conflicts and redundancies, which may lead to both safety and availability problems. The distributed systems guided by such security policies produce a huge number of access logs. Due to potential security breaches, the access logs may show the presence of non-allowed accesses. This may also be a consequence of conflicting rules in the security policies. In this paper, we present an ongoing work on developing an environment for verifying and correcting security policies. To make the approach efficient, an access log is used as input to determine suspicious parts of the policy that should be considered. The approach is also made efficient by clustering the policy and the access log and considering separately the obtained clusters. The clustering technique and the use of access log significantly reduces the complexity of the suggested approach, making it scalable for large amounts of data.

Douzi, S., Benchaji, I., ElOuahidi, B..  2018.  Hybrid Approach for Intrusion Detection Using Fuzzy Association Rules. 2018 2nd Cyber Security in Networking Conference (CSNet). :1-3.

Rapid development of internet and network technologies has led to considerable increase in number of attacks. Intrusion detection system is one of the important ways to achieve high security in computer networks. However, it have curse of dimensionality which tends to increase time complexity and decrease resource utilization. To improve the ability of detecting anomaly intrusions, a combined algorithm is proposed based on Weighted Fuzzy C-Mean Clustering Algorithm (WFCM) and Fuzzy logic. Decision making is performed in two stages. In the first stage, WFCM algorithm is applied to reduce the input data space. The reduced dataset is then fed to Fuzzy Logic scheme to build the fuzzy sets, membership function and the rules that decide whether an instance represents an anomaly or not.

2019-04-05
Nan, Z., Zhai, L., Zhai, L., Liu, H..  2018.  Botnet Homology Method Based on Symbolic Approximation Algorithm of Communication Characteristic Curve. 2018 15th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Video and Signal Based Surveillance (AVSS). :1-6.
The IRC botnet is the earliest and most significant botnet group that has a significant impact. Its characteristic is to control multiple zombies hosts through the IRC protocol and constructing command control channels. Relevant research analyzes the large amount of network traffic generated by command interaction between the botnet client and the C&C server. Packet capture traffic monitoring on the network is currently a more effective detection method, but this information does not reflect the essential characteristics of the IRC botnet. The increase in the amount of erroneous judgments has often occurred. To identify whether the botnet control server is a homogenous botnet, dynamic network communication characteristic curves are extracted. For unequal time series, dynamic time warping distance clustering is used to identify the homologous botnets by category, and in order to improve detection. Speed, experiments will use SAX to reduce the dimension of the extracted curve, reducing the time cost without reducing the accuracy.
2019-04-01
Stein, G., Peng, Q..  2018.  Low-Cost Breaking of a Unique Chinese Language CAPTCHA Using Curriculum Learning and Clustering. 2018 IEEE International Conference on Electro/Information Technology (EIT). :0595–0600.

Text-based CAPTCHAs are still commonly used to attempt to prevent automated access to web services. By displaying an image of distorted text, they attempt to create a challenge image that OCR software can not interpret correctly, but a human user can easily determine the correct response to. This work focuses on a CAPTCHA used by a popular Chinese language question-and-answer website and how resilient it is to modern machine learning methods. While the majority of text-based CAPTCHAs focus on transcription tasks, the CAPTCHA solved in this work is based on localization of inverted symbols in a distorted image. A convolutional neural network (CNN) was created to evaluate the likelihood of a region in the image belonging to an inverted character. It is used with a feature map and clustering to identify potential locations of inverted characters. Training of the CNN was performed using curriculum learning and compared to other potential training methods. The proposed method was able to determine the correct response in 95.2% of cases of a simulated CAPTCHA and 67.6% on a set of real CAPTCHAs. Potential methods to increase difficulty of the CAPTCHA and the success rate of the automated solver are considered.

2019-03-22
Duan, J., Zeng, Z., Oprea, A., Vasudevan, S..  2018.  Automated Generation and Selection of Interpretable Features for Enterprise Security. 2018 IEEE International Conference on Big Data (Big Data). :1258-1265.

We present an effective machine learning method for malicious activity detection in enterprise security logs. Our method involves feature engineering, or generating new features by applying operators on features of the raw data. We generate DNF formulas from raw features, extract Boolean functions from them, and leverage Fourier analysis to generate new parity features and rank them based on their highest Fourier coefficients. We demonstrate on real enterprise data sets that the engineered features enhance the performance of a wide range of classifiers and clustering algorithms. As compared to classification of raw data features, the engineered features achieve up to 50.6% improvement in malicious recall, while sacrificing no more than 0.47% in accuracy. We also observe better isolation of malicious clusters, when performing clustering on engineered features. In general, a small number of engineered features achieve higher performance than raw data features according to our metrics of interest. Our feature engineering method also retains interpretability, an important consideration in cyber security applications.

2019-03-15
Bian, R., Xue, M., Wang, J..  2018.  Building Trusted Golden Models-Free Hardware Trojan Detection Framework Against Untrustworthy Testing Parties Using a Novel Clustering Ensemble Technique. 2018 17th IEEE International Conference On Trust, Security And Privacy In Computing And Communications/ 12th IEEE International Conference On Big Data Science And Engineering (TrustCom/BigDataSE). :1458-1463.

As a result of the globalization of integrated circuits (ICs) design and fabrication process, ICs are becoming vulnerable to hardware Trojans. Most of the existing hardware Trojan detection works suppose that the testing stage is trustworthy. However, testing parties may conspire with malicious attackers to modify the results of hardware Trojan detection. In this paper, we propose a trusted and robust hardware Trojan detection framework against untrustworthy testing parties exploiting a novel clustering ensemble method. The proposed technique can expose the malicious modifications on Trojan detection results introduced by untrustworthy testing parties. Compared with the state-of-the-art detection methods, the proposed technique does not require fabricated golden chips or simulated golden models. The experiment results on ISCAS89 benchmark circuits show that the proposed technique can resist modifications robustly and detect hardware Trojans with decent accuracy (up to 91%).

2019-02-22
Mutiarachim, A., Pranata, S. Felix, Ansor, B., Shidik, G. Faiar, Fanani, A. Zainul, Soeleman, A., Pramunendar, R. Anggi.  2018.  Bit Localization in Least Significant Bit Using Fuzzy C-Means. 2018 International Seminar on Application for Technology of Information and Communication. :290-294.
Least Significant Bit (LSB) as one of steganography methods that already exist today is really mainstream because easy to use, but has weakness that is too easy to decode the hidden message. It is because in LSB the message embedded evenly to all pixels of an image. This paper introduce a method of steganography that combine LSB with clustering method that is Fuzzy C-Means (FCM). It is abbreviated with LSB\_FCM, then compare the stegano result with LSB method. Each image will divided into two cluster, then the biggest cluster capacity will be choosen, finally save the cluster coordinate key as place for embedded message. The key as a reference when decode the message. Each image has their own cluster capacity key. LSB\_FCM has disadvantage that is limited place to embedded message, but it also has advantages compare with LSB that is LSB\_FCM have more difficulty level when decrypted the message than LSB method, because in LSB\_FCM the messages embedded randomly in the best cluster pixel of an image, so to decrypted people must have the cluster coordinate key of the image. Evaluation result show that the MSE and PSNR value of LSB\_FCM some similiar with the pure LSB, it means that LSB\_FCM can give imperceptible image as good as the pure LSB, but have better security from the embedding place.
2019-01-16
Aloui, M., Elbiaze, H., Glitho, R., Yangui, S..  2018.  Analytics as a service architecture for cloud-based CDN: Case of video popularity prediction. 2018 15th IEEE Annual Consumer Communications Networking Conference (CCNC). :1–4.
User Generated Videos (UGV) are the dominating content stored in scattered caches to meet end-user Content Delivery Networks (CDN) requests with quality of service. End-User behaviour leads to a highly variable UGV popularity. This aspect can be exploited to efficiently utilize the limited storage of the caches, and improve the hit ratio of UGVs. In this paper, we propose a new architecture for Data Analytics in Cloud-based CDN to derive UGVs popularity online. This architecture uses RESTful web services to gather CDN logs, store them through generic collections in a NoSQL database, and calculate related popular UGVs in a real time fashion. It uses a dynamic model training and prediction services to provide each CDN with related popular videos to be cached based on the latest trained model. The proposed architecture is implemented with k-means clustering prediction model and the obtained results are 99.8% accurate.
Uddin, M. Y. S., Venkatasubramanian, N..  2018.  Edge Caching for Enriched Notifications Delivery in Big Active Data. 2018 IEEE 38th International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS). :696–705.
In this paper, we propose a set of caching strategies for big active data (BAD) systems. BAD is a data management paradigm that allows ingestion of massive amount of data from heterogeneous sources, such as sensor data, social networks, web and crowdsourced data in a large data cluster consisting of many computing and storage nodes, and enables a very large number of end users to subscribe to those data items through declarative subscriptions. A set of distributed broker nodes connect these end users to the backend data cluster, manage their subscriptions and deliver the subscription results to the end users. Unlike the most traditional publish-subscribe systems that match subscriptions against a single stream of publications to generate notifications, BAD can match subscriptions across multiple publications (by leveraging storage in the backend) and thus can enrich notifications with a rich set of diverse contents. As the matched results are delivered to the end users through the brokers, the broker node caches the results for a while so that the subscribers can retrieve them with reduced latency. Interesting research questions arise in this context so as to determine which result objects to cache or drop when the cache becomes full (eviction-based caching) or to admit objects with an explicit expiration time indicating how much time they should reside in the cache (TTL based caching). To this end, we propose a set of caching strategies for the brokers and show that the schemes achieve varying degree of efficiency in terms of notification delivery in the BAD system. We evaluate our schemes via a prototype implementation and through detailed simulation studies.
2018-11-14
Teoh, T. T., Zhang, Y., Nguwi, Y. Y., Elovici, Y., Ng, W. L..  2017.  Analyst Intuition Inspired High Velocity Big Data Analysis Using PCA Ranked Fuzzy K-Means Clustering with Multi-Layer Perceptron (MLP) to Obviate Cyber Security Risk. 2017 13th International Conference on Natural Computation, Fuzzy Systems and Knowledge Discovery (ICNC-FSKD). :1790–1793.
The growing prevalence of cyber threats in the world are affecting every network user. Numerous security monitoring systems are being employed to protect computer networks and resources from falling victim to cyber-attacks. There is a pressing need to have an efficient security monitoring system to monitor the large network datasets generated in this process. A large network datasets representing Malware attacks have been used in this work to establish an expert system. The characteristics of attacker's IP addresses can be extracted from our integrated datasets to generate statistical data. The cyber security expert provides to the weight of each attribute and forms a scoring system by annotating the log history. We adopted a special semi supervise method to classify cyber security log into attack, unsure and no attack by first breaking the data into 3 cluster using Fuzzy K mean (FKM), then manually label a small data (Analyst Intuition) and finally train the neural network classifier multilayer perceptron (MLP) base on the manually labelled data. By doing so, our results is very encouraging as compare to finding anomaly in a cyber security log, which generally results in creating huge amount of false detection. The method of including Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Analyst Intuition (AI) is also known as AI2. The classification results are encouraging in segregating the types of attacks.
2018-09-28
Li-Xin, L., Yong-Shan, D., Jia-Yan, W..  2017.  Differential Privacy Data Protection Method Based on Clustering. 2017 International Conference on Cyber-Enabled Distributed Computing and Knowledge Discovery (CyberC). :11–16.

To enhance privacy protection and improve data availability, a differential privacy data protection method ICMD-DP is proposed. Based on insensitive clustering algorithm, ICMD-DP performs differential privacy on the results of ICMD (insensitive clustering method for mixed data). The combination of clustering and differential privacy realizes the differentiation of query sensitivity from single record to group record. At the meanwhile, it reduces the risk of information loss and information disclosure. In addition, to satisfy the requirement of maintaining differential privacy for mixed data, ICMD-DP uses different methods to calculate the distance and centroid of categorical and numerical attributes. Finally, experiments are given to illustrate the availability of the method.

2018-06-20
Saurabh, V. K., Sharma, R., Itare, R., Singh, U..  2017.  Cluster-based technique for detection and prevention of black-hole attack in MANETs. 2017 International conference of Electronics, Communication and Aerospace Technology (ICECA). 2:489–494.

Secure routing in the field of mobile ad hoc network (MANET) is one of the most flourishing areas of research. Devising a trustworthy security protocol for ad hoc routing is a challenging task due to the unique network characteristics such as lack of central authority, rapid node mobility, frequent topology changes, insecure operational environment, and confined availability of resources. Due to low configuration and quick deployment, MANETs are well-suited for emergency situations like natural disasters or military applications. Therefore, data transfer between two nodes should necessarily involve security. A black-hole attack in the mobile ad-hoc network (MANET) is an offense occurring due to malicious nodes, which attract the data packets by incorrectly publicizing a fresh route to the destination. A clustering direction in AODV routing protocol for the detection and prevention of black-hole attack in MANET has been put forward. Every member of the unit will ping once to the cluster head, to detect the exclusive difference between the number of data packets received and forwarded by the particular node. If the fault is perceived, all the nodes will obscure the contagious nodes from the network. The reading of the system performance has been done in terms of packet delivery ratio (PDR), end to end delay (ETD) throughput and Energy simulation inferences are recorded using ns2 simulator.

2018-04-02
Gao, F..  2017.  Application of Generalized Regression Neural Network in Cloud Security Intrusion Detection. 2017 International Conference on Robots Intelligent System (ICRIS). :54–57.

By using generalized regression neural network clustering analysis, effective clustering of five kinds of network intrusion behavior modes is carried out. First of all, intrusion data is divided into five categories by making use of fuzzy C means clustering algorithm. Then, the samples that are closet to the center of each class in the clustering results are taken as the clustering training samples of generalized neural network for the data training, and the results output by the training are the individual owned invasion category. The experimental results showed that the new algorithm has higher classification accuracy of network intrusion ways, which can provide more reliable data support for the prevention of the network intrusion.

2018-02-21
Macharla, D. R., Tejaskanda, S..  2017.  An enhanced three-layer clustering approach and security framework for battlefeld surveillance. 2017 International conference on Microelectronic Devices, Circuits and Systems (ICMDCS). :1–6.

Hierarchical based formation is one of the approaches widely used to minimize the energy consumption in which node with higher residual energy routes the data gathered. Several hierarchical works were proposed in the literature with two and three layered architectures. In the work presented in this paper, we propose an enhanced architecture for three layered hierarchical clustering based approach, which is referred to as enhanced three-layer hierarchical clustering approach (EHCA). The EHCA is based on an enhanced feature of the grid node in terms of its mobility. Further, in our proposed EHCA, we introduce distributed clustering technique for lower level head selection and incorporate security mechanism to detect the presence of any malicious node. We show by simulation results that our proposed EHCA reduces the energy consumption significantly and thus improves the lifetime of the network. Also, we highlight the appropriateness of the proposed EHCA for battlefield surveillance applications.

2018-02-15
Ni, J., Cheng, W., Zhang, K., Song, D., Yan, T., Chen, H., Zhang, X..  2017.  Ranking Causal Anomalies by Modeling Local Propagations on Networked Systems. 2017 IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM). :1003–1008.
Complex systems are prevalent in many fields such as finance, security and industry. A fundamental problem in system management is to perform diagnosis in case of system failure such that the causal anomalies, i.e., root causes, can be identified for system debugging and repair. Recently, invariant network has proven a powerful tool in characterizing complex system behaviors. In an invariant network, a node represents a system component, and an edge indicates a stable interaction between two components. Recent approaches have shown that by modeling fault propagation in the invariant network, causal anomalies can be effectively discovered. Despite their success, the existing methods have a major limitation: they typically assume there is only a single and global fault propagation in the entire network. However, in real-world large-scale complex systems, it's more common for multiple fault propagations to grow simultaneously and locally within different node clusters and jointly define the system failure status. Inspired by this key observation, we propose a two-phase framework to identify and rank causal anomalies. In the first phase, a probabilistic clustering is performed to uncover impaired node clusters in the invariant network. Then, in the second phase, a low-rank network diffusion model is designed to backtrack causal anomalies in different impaired clusters. Extensive experimental results on real-life datasets demonstrate the effectiveness of our method.
2018-02-06
Brust, M. R., Zurad, M., Hentges, L., Gomes, L., Danoy, G., Bouvry, P..  2017.  Target Tracking Optimization of UAV Swarms Based on Dual-Pheromone Clustering. 2017 3rd IEEE International Conference on Cybernetics (CYBCONF). :1–8.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are autonomous aircraft that, when equipped with wireless communication interfaces, can share data among themselves when in communication range. Compared to single UAVs, using multiple UAVs as a collaborative swarm is considerably more effective for target tracking, reconnaissance, and surveillance missions because of their capacity to tackle complex problems synergistically. Success rates in target detection and tracking depend on map coverage performance, which in turn relies on network connectivity between UAVs to propagate surveillance results to avoid revisiting already observed areas. In this paper, we consider the problem of optimizing three objectives for a swarm of UAVs: (a) target detection and tracking, (b) map coverage, and (c) network connectivity. Our approach, Dual-Pheromone Clustering Hybrid Approach (DPCHA), incorporates a multi-hop clustering and a dual-pheromone ant-colony model to optimize these three objectives. Clustering keeps stable overlay networks, while attractive and repulsive pheromones mark areas of detected targets and visited areas. Additionally, DPCHA introduces a disappearing target model for dealing with temporarily invisible targets. Extensive simulations show that DPCHA produces significant improvements in the assessment of coverage fairness, cluster stability, and connection volatility. We compared our approach with a pure dual- pheromone approach and a no-base model, which removes the base station from the model. Results show an approximately 50% improvement in map coverage compared to the pure dual-pheromone approach.

2018-01-16
Bhaya, W., EbadyManaa, M..  2017.  DDoS attack detection approach using an efficient cluster analysis in large data scale. 2017 Annual Conference on New Trends in Information Communications Technology Applications (NTICT). :168–173.

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack is a congestion-based attack that makes both the network and host-based resources unavailable for legitimate users, sending flooding attack packets to the victim's resources. The non-existence of predefined rules to correctly identify the genuine network flow made the task of DDoS attack detection very difficult. In this paper, a combination of unsupervised data mining techniques as intrusion detection system are introduced. The entropy concept in term of windowing the incoming packets is applied with data mining technique using Clustering Using Representative (CURE) as cluster analysis to detect the DDoS attack in network flow. The data is mainly collected from DARPA2000, CAIDA2007 and CAIDA2008 datasets. The proposed approach has been evaluated and compared with several existing approaches in terms of accuracy, false alarm rate, detection rate, F. measure and Phi coefficient. Results indicates the superiority of the proposed approach with four out five detected phases, more than 99% accuracy rate 96.29% detection rate, around 0% false alarm rate 97.98% F-measure, and 97.98% Phi coefficient.

2018-01-10
Thaler, S., Menkonvski, V., Petkovic, M..  2017.  Towards a neural language model for signature extraction from forensic logs. 2017 5th International Symposium on Digital Forensic and Security (ISDFS). :1–6.
Signature extraction is a critical preprocessing step in forensic log analysis because it enables sophisticated analysis techniques to be applied to logs. Currently, most signature extraction frameworks either use rule-based approaches or handcrafted algorithms. Rule-based systems are error-prone and require high maintenance effort. Hand-crafted algorithms use heuristics and tend to work well only for specialized use cases. In this paper we present a novel approach to extract signatures from forensic logs that is based on a neural language model. This language model learns to identify mutable and non-mutable parts in a log message. We use this information to extract signatures. Neural language models have shown to work extremely well for learning complex relationships in natural language text. We experimentally demonstrate that our model can detect which parts are mutable with an accuracy of 86.4%. We also show how extracted signatures can be used for clustering log lines.
2017-12-28
Henretty, T., Baskaran, M., Ezick, J., Bruns-Smith, D., Simon, T. A..  2017.  A quantitative and qualitative analysis of tensor decompositions on spatiotemporal data. 2017 IEEE High Performance Extreme Computing Conference (HPEC). :1–7.

Summary form only given. Strong light-matter coupling has been recently successfully explored in the GHz and THz [1] range with on-chip platforms. New and intriguing quantum optical phenomena have been predicted in the ultrastrong coupling regime [2], when the coupling strength Ω becomes comparable to the unperturbed frequency of the system ω. We recently proposed a new experimental platform where we couple the inter-Landau level transition of an high-mobility 2DEG to the highly subwavelength photonic mode of an LC meta-atom [3] showing very large Ω/ωc = 0.87. Our system benefits from the collective enhancement of the light-matter coupling which comes from the scaling of the coupling Ω ∝ √n, were n is the number of optically active electrons. In our previous experiments [3] and in literature [4] this number varies from 104-103 electrons per meta-atom. We now engineer a new cavity, resonant at 290 GHz, with an extremely reduced effective mode surface Seff = 4 × 10-14 m2 (FE simulations, CST), yielding large field enhancements above 1500 and allowing to enter the few (\textbackslashtextless;100) electron regime. It consist of a complementary metasurface with two very sharp metallic tips separated by a 60 nm gap (Fig.1(a, b)) on top of a single triangular quantum well. THz-TDS transmission experiments as a function of the applied magnetic field reveal strong anticrossing of the cavity mode with linear cyclotron dispersion. Measurements for arrays of only 12 cavities are reported in Fig.1(c). On the top horizontal axis we report the number of electrons occupying the topmost Landau level as a function of the magnetic field. At the anticrossing field of B=0.73 T we measure approximately 60 electrons ultra strongly coupled (Ω/ω- \textbackslashtextbar\textbackslashtextbar

2017-12-12
Gamachchi, A., Boztas, S..  2017.  Insider Threat Detection Through Attributed Graph Clustering. 2017 IEEE Trustcom/BigDataSE/ICESS. :112–119.

While most organizations continue to invest in traditional network defences, a formidable security challenge has been brewing within their own boundaries. Malicious insiders with privileged access in the guise of a trusted source have carried out many attacks causing far reaching damage to financial stability, national security and brand reputation for both public and private sector organizations. Growing exposure and impact of the whistleblower community and concerns about job security with changing organizational dynamics has further aggravated this situation. The unpredictability of malicious attackers, as well as the complexity of malicious actions, necessitates the careful analysis of network, system and user parameters correlated with insider threat problem. Thus it creates a high dimensional, heterogeneous data analysis problem in isolating suspicious users. This research work proposes an insider threat detection framework, which utilizes the attributed graph clustering techniques and outlier ranking mechanism for enterprise users. Empirical results also confirm the effectiveness of the method by achieving the best area under curve value of 0.7648 for the receiver operating characteristic curve.

2017-11-03
Harrigan, M., Fretter, C..  2016.  The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Address Clustering. 2016 Intl IEEE Conferences on Ubiquitous Intelligence Computing, Advanced and Trusted Computing, Scalable Computing and Communications, Cloud and Big Data Computing, Internet of People, and Smart World Congress (UIC/ATC/ScalCom/CBDCom/IoP/SmartWorld). :368–373.

Address clustering tries to construct the one-to-many mapping from entities to addresses in the Bitcoin system. Simple heuristics based on the micro-structure of transactions have proved very effective in practice. In this paper we describe the primary reasons behind this effectiveness: address reuse, avoidable merging, super-clusters with high centrality,, the incremental growth of address clusters. We quantify their impact during Bitcoin's first seven years of existence.

2017-03-07
Olabelurin, A., Veluru, S., Healing, A., Rajarajan, M..  2015.  Entropy clustering approach for improving forecasting in DDoS attacks. 2015 IEEE 12th International Conference on Networking, Sensing and Control. :315–320.

Volume anomaly such as distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) has been around for ages but with advancement in technologies, they have become stronger, shorter and weapon of choice for attackers. Digital forensic analysis of intrusions using alerts generated by existing intrusion detection system (IDS) faces major challenges, especially for IDS deployed in large networks. In this paper, the concept of automatically sifting through a huge volume of alerts to distinguish the different stages of a DDoS attack is developed. The proposed novel framework is purpose-built to analyze multiple logs from the network for proactive forecast and timely detection of DDoS attacks, through a combined approach of Shannon-entropy concept and clustering algorithm of relevant feature variables. Experimental studies on a cyber-range simulation dataset from the project industrial partners show that the technique is able to distinguish precursor alerts for DDoS attacks, as well as the attack itself with a very low false positive rate (FPR) of 22.5%. Application of this technique greatly assists security experts in network analysis to combat DDoS attacks.

Kim, J., Moon, I., Lee, K., Suh, S. C., Kim, I..  2015.  Scalable Security Event Aggregation for Situation Analysis. 2015 IEEE First International Conference on Big Data Computing Service and Applications. :14–23.

Cyber-attacks have been evolved in a way to be more sophisticated by employing combinations of attack methodologies with greater impacts. For instance, Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) employ a set of stealthy hacking processes running over a long period of time, making it much hard to detect. With this trend, the importance of big-data security analytics has taken greater attention since identifying such latest attacks requires large-scale data processing and analysis. In this paper, we present SEAS-MR (Security Event Aggregation System over MapReduce) that facilitates scalable security event aggregation for comprehensive situation analysis. The introduced system provides the following three core functions: (i) periodic aggregation, (ii) on-demand aggregation, and (iii) query support for effective analysis. We describe our design and implementation of the system over MapReduce and high-level query languages, and report our experimental results collected through extensive settings on a Hadoop cluster for performance evaluation and design impacts.

2017-02-27
Zhang, L., Li, B., Zhang, L., Li, D..  2015.  Fuzzy clustering of incomplete data based on missing attribute interval size. 2015 IEEE 9th International Conference on Anti-counterfeiting, Security, and Identification (ASID). :101–104.

Fuzzy c-means algorithm is used to identity clusters of similar objects within a data set, while it is not directly applied to incomplete data. In this paper, we proposed a novel fuzzy c-means algorithm based on missing attribute interval size for the clustering of incomplete data. In the new algorithm, incomplete data set was transformed to interval data set according to the nearest neighbor rule. The missing attribute value was replaced by the corresponding interval median and the interval size was set as the additional property for the incomplete data to control the effect of interval size in clustering. Experiments on standard UCI data set show that our approach outperforms other clustering methods for incomplete data.