Proactive Intrusion Detection

Benjamin Liebald, Dan Roth, Neelay Shah, Vivek Srikumar

Machine learning systems are deployed in many adversarial conditions like intrusion detection, where a classifier has to decide whether a sequence of actions come from a legitimate user or not. However, the attacker, being an adversarial agent, could reverse engineer theclassifier and successfully masquerade as a legitimate user. In this paper, we propose the notion of a Proactive Intrusion Detection System (IDS) that can counter such attacks by incorporating feedback into the process. A proactive IDS influences the user's actions and observes them in different situations to decide whether the user is an intruder. We present a formal analysis of proactive intrusion detection and extend the adversarial relationship between the IDS and the attacker to present a game theoretic analysis. Finally, we present experimental results on real and synthetic data that confirm the predictions of the analysis.

Subjects: 1. Applications; 12. Machine Learning and Discovery

Submitted: Apr 15, 2008


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