Alert Reduction for Network Intrusion Detection

Alert Reduction for Network Intrusion Detection

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Despite years of research and development efforts, intrusion detection is still facing significant challenges. A particular intriguing problem is that existing network intrusion detection systems report an excessive number of alerts, of which few are qinterestingq from the point of view of security officers. Moreover, these alerts do not provide adequate details about the intrusions that can assist security officers to efficiently assess the security risks. In this dissertation, we propose methods to reduce the number of alerts and improve their quality. In our approach, we first identify and extract additional information from the intrusion alerts such as the result of an attack. Using this information, we are able to quickly filter out a majority of alerts that are generally not helpful in intrusion analysis. We also create a systematic approach to consistently and unambiguously model the extracted information, in particular the relations between different alerts. We demonstrate the scalability of this model by applying it to almost one thousand different network intrusion detection signatures. Using the model, we successfully construct high-level description of multi-stage intrusion strategies from low-level alerts, as well as compute the possible variations of multi-stage intrusions from a single intrusion instance. This not only reduces the number of total alerts, but also improves the alert quality. We conducted experiments with several real-world intrusion detection datasets, and the results showed the effectiveness of our approach.It can be a problem for other verification approaches as well. Our approach ... oh a web server. The server either responds aquot;404 Not Foundaquot; if the CGI program does not exist, or aquot;403 Forbiddenaquot; if the CGI program exists but access is denied.

Title:Alert Reduction for Network Intrusion Detection
Author:Jingmin Zhou
Publisher:ProQuest - 2008


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