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    Wed, May 03, 2023 @ 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

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    PhD Thesis Proposal - Arvin Hekmati

    Title: Correlation-Aware Neural Networks for DDoS Attack Detection In IoT Systems

    Committee Members: Bhaskar Krishnamachari (Chair), Cyrus Shahabi, Aiichiro Nakano, Mohammad Rostami, Cauligi Raghavendra

    Abstract: We present a comprehensive study on applying machine learning to detect distributed Denial of service (DDoS) attacks using large-scale Internet of Things (IoT) systems. While prior works and existing DDoS attacks have largely focused on individual nodes transmitting packets at a high volume, we investigate more sophisticated futuristic attacks that use large numbers of IoT devices and camouflage their attack by having each node transmit at a volume typical of benign traffic. We introduce new correlation-aware architectures that take into account the correlation of traffic across IoT nodes, and we also compare the effectiveness of centralized and distributed detection models. We extensively analyze the proposed architectures by evaluating five different neural network models trained on a dataset derived from a 4060-node real-world IoT system. We observe that long short-term memory (LSTM) and a transformer-based model, in conjunction with the architectures that use correlation information of the IoT nodes, provide higher performance (in terms of F1 score and binary accuracy) than the other models and architectures, especially when the attacker camouflages itself by following benign traffic distribution on each transmitting node. For instance, by using the LSTM model, the distributed correlation-aware architecture gives 81 percent F1 score for the attacker that camouflages their attack with benign traffic as compared to 35 percent for the architecture that does not use correlation information. We also investigate the performance of heuristics for selecting a subset of nodes to share their data for correlation-aware architectures to meet resource constraints.

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Melissa Ochoa

    Event Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/92583528716?pwd=S01uOUlYQXU5Z0xudXZXbzgwOE0wQT09


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