ACTIDS: an active strategy for detecting and localizing network attacks

Eitan Menahem, Yuval Elovici, Nir Amar, Gabi Nakibly

Proceedings of the 2013 ACM workshop on Artificial intelligence and security …, 2013

In this work we investigate a new approach for detecting attacks which aim to degrade the network’s Quality of Service (QoS). To this end, a new network-based intrusion detection system (NIDS) is proposed. Most contemporary NIDSs take a passive approach by solely monitoring the network’s production traffic. This paper explores a complementary approach in which distributed agents actively send out periodic probes. The probes are continuously monitored to detect anomalous behavior of the network. The proposed approach takes away much of the variability of the network’s production traffic that makes it so difficult to classify. This enables the NIDS to detect more subtle attacks which would not be detected using the passive approach alone. Furthermore, the active probing approach allows the NIDS to be effectively trained using only examples of the network’s normal states, hence enabling an effective detection …