Adaptive defense against various network attacks Academic Article uri icon


  • In defending against various network attacks, such as distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks or worm attacks, a defense system needs to deal with various network conditions and dynamically changing attacks. Therefore, a good defense system needs to have a built-in "adaptive defense" functionality based on cost minimization - adaptively adjusting its configurations according to the network condition and attack severity in order to minimize the combined cost introduced by false positives (misidentify normal traffic as attack) and false negatives (misidentify attack traffic as normal) at any time. In this way, the adaptive defense system can generate fewer false alarms in normal situations or under light attacks with relaxed defense configurations, while protecting a network or a server more vigorously under severe attacks. In this paper, we present concrete adaptive defense system designs for defending against two major network attacks: SYN flood DDoS attack and Internet worm infection. The adaptive defense is a high-level system design that can be built on various underlying nonadaptive detection and filtering algorithms, which makes it applicable for a wide range of security defenses. 2006 IEEE.

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altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Zou, C. C., Duffield, N., Towsley, D., & Gong, W.

citation count

  • 24

complete list of authors

  • Zou, Cliff C||Duffield, Nick||Towsley, Don||Gong, Weibo

publication date

  • October 2006