Towards Effective Network Intrusion Detection: From Concept to Creation on Azure Cloud

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Abstract

Network Intrusion Detection is one of the most researched topics in the field of computer security. Hacktivists use sophisticated tools to launch numerous attacks that hamper the confidentiality, integrity and availability of computer resources. There is an incessant need to safeguard these resources to avoid further damage. In the proposed study, we have presented a meta-classification approach using decision jungle to perform both binary and multiclass classification. We have established the robustness of our approach by configuring an optimal set of hyper-parameters coupled with relevant feature subsets using a production-ready environment namely Azure machine learning. We have validated the efficiency of the proposed design using three contemporary datasets namely UNSW NB-15, CICIDS 2017, and CICDDOS 2019. We could achieve an accuracy of 99.8% pertaining to UNSW NB-15 whereas the accuracy in the case of CICIDS 2017 and CICDDOS 2019 datasets has been 98% and 97% respectively. A distinctive ability of the proposed model lies in its finesse to detect thirty-three modern attack types considerably well. Unlike conventional stacking ensembles, the proposed solution relies on a train-test ratio of 40:60 to establish the legitimacy of predictions. We also conducted statistical significance tests to compare the performance of classifiers involved in the study. To extend the functionalities further, we have automated the proposed model that can be a reliable candidate for real-time network intrusion detection.

Original languageEnglish
JournalIEEE Access
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)

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