Contagalert: Using contagion theory for adaptive, distributed alert propagation

Michael Treaster, William Conner, Indranil Gupta, Klara Nahrstedt

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Abstract

Large-scale distributed systems, e.g., Grid or P2P networks, are targets for large-scale attacks. Unfortunately, few existing systems support propagation of alerts during the attack itself while also suppressing disruptive alerts from faulty or malicious sources. This paper proposes the " ContagAlert" protocol, which uses contagion spreading behavior to spread alerts. ContagAlert rapidly propagates alerts during attacks while also suppressing disruptive alerts. The core contagion protocols in the system are completely localized, but result in desired behavior at the network scale. We analyze and evaluate our protocol with synthetic simulations and in both Internet worm and DoS attack scenarios.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - Fifth IEEE International Symposium on Network Computing and Applications, NCA 2006
Pages126-133
Number of pages8
DOIs
StatePublished - 2006
Event5th IEEE International Symposium on Network Computing and Applications, NCA 2006 - Cambridge, MA, United States
Duration: Jul 24 2006Jul 26 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings - Fifth IEEE International Symposium on Network Computing and Applications, NCA 2006
Volume2006

Other

Other5th IEEE International Symposium on Network Computing and Applications, NCA 2006
CountryUnited States
CityCambridge, MA
Period7/24/067/26/06

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture

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