Accession Number:

ADA609685

Title:

An Artificial Neural Network-Based Decision-Support System for Integrated Network Security

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2014-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

170.0

Abstract:

As large-scale Cyber attacks become more sophisticated, local network defenders should employ strength-in-numbers to achieve mission success. Group collaboration reduces individual efforts to analyze and assess network traffic. Network defenders must evolve from an isolated defense in sector policy and move toward a collaborative strength-in-numbers defense policy that rethinks traditional network boundaries. Such a policy incorporates a network watch ap-proach to global threat defense, where local defenders share the occurrence of local threats in real-time across network security boundaries, increases Cyber Situation Awareness CSA and provides localized decision-support. A single layer feed forward artificial neural network ANN is employed as a global threat event recommender system GTERS that learns expert-based threat mitigation decisions. The system combines the occurrence of local threat events into a unified global event situation, forming a global policy that allows the flexibility of various local policy interpretations of the global event. Such flexibility enables a Linux based network defender to ignore windows-specific threats while focusing on Linux threats in real-time. In this thesis, the GTERS is shown to effectively encode an arbitrary policy with 99.7 accuracy based on five threat-severity levels and achieves a generalization accuracy of 96.35 using four distinct participants and 9-fold cross-validation.

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Systems Management and Standards
  • Miscellaneous Detection and Detectors

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE