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Assessing Security Risk to a Network Using a Statistical Model of Attacker Community Competence
Number of Authors: 1
2009 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

We propose a novel approach for statistical risk modeling of network attacks that lets an operator perform risk analysis using a data model and an impact model on top of an attack graph in combination with a statistical model of the attacker community exploitation skill. The data model describes how data flows between nodes in the network -- how it is copied and processed by softwares and hosts -- while the impact model models how exploitation of vulnerabilities affects the data flows with respect to the confidentiality, integrity and availability of the data. In addition, by assigning a loss value to a compromised data set, we can estimate the cost of a successful attack. The statistical model lets us incorporate real-time monitor data from a honeypot in the risk calculation. The exploitation skill distribution is inferred by first classifying each vulnerability into a required exploitation skill-level category, then mapping each skill-level into a distribution over the required exploitation skill, and last applying Bayesian inference over the attack data. The final security risk is thereafter computed by marginalizing over the exploitation skill.

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2009, 6. , 17 p.
Keyword [en]
Intrusion detection, Risk analysis, Network security, Security metrics
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Computer and Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-23660OAI: diva2:1042737
Eleventh International Conference on Information and Communications Security (ICICS 2009)
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