Visible to the public Towards a Conversational Agent for Threat Detection in the Internet of Things

TitleTowards a Conversational Agent for Threat Detection in the Internet of Things
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsMcDermott, Christopher D., Jeannelle, Bastien, Isaacs, John P.
Conference Name2019 International Conference on Cyber Situational Awareness, Data Analytics And Assessment (Cyber SA)
KeywordsAlexa, Amazon Echo, anomalous traffic, Botnet, cloud computing, computer network security, consumer IoT networks, conversation agents, conversational agent, DDoS, DynamoDB Table, Human Behavior, Internet of Things, Intrusion detection, invasive software, Metrics, network information, network traffic, pubcrawl, Scalability, situational awareness, telecommunication traffic, threat detection, user speech, Virtual Assistant
AbstractA conversational agent to detect anomalous traffic in consumer IoT networks is presented. The agent accepts two inputs in the form of user speech received by Amazon Alexa enabled devices, and classified IDS logs stored in a DynamoDB Table. Aural analysis is used to query the database of network traffic, and respond accordingly. In doing so, this paper presents a solution to the problem of making consumers situationally aware when their IoT devices are infected, and anomalous traffic has been detected. The proposed conversational agent addresses the issue of how to present network information to non-technical users, for better comprehension, and improves awareness of threats derived from the mirai botnet malware.
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