Accession Number:

ADA610559

Title:

Use Cases for Visualizing Uncertain Computer Networks

Descriptive Note:

Conference paper

Corporate Author:

NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC

Report Date:

2011-10-01

Pagination or Media Count:

3.0

Abstract:

Network administration has become an extremely complex task. As wireless devices have become more commonplace, along with varied resources such as web servers, storage devices, autonomous sensors, and printers, the network becomes more dynamic and it becomes harder to keep track of all the machines and users present. This becomes even more pressing when a user engages in deceptive practices for the purposes of launching an attack on the network resources. Such users deliberately obfuscate their identity, creating a level of uncertainty about the network. Most networking tools characterize trends in variables of interest with assorted two-dimensional statistical graphics and node-link diagrams. Users are often forced to navigate through various contextual combinations during the process of inspection, investigation, or hypothesis testing. While network monitoring and exploration tools abound, few visualize uncertainty in a complex network administration task.

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Systems Management and Standards

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE