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Combining a Baiting and a User Search Profiling Techniques for Masquerade Detection

Ben Salem, Malek; Stolfo, Salvatore

Masquerade attacks are characterized by an adversary stealing a legitimate user's credentials and using them to impersonate the victim and perform malicious activities, such as stealing information. Prior work on masquerade attack detection has focused on profiling legitimate user behavior and detecting abnormal behavior indicative of a masquerade attack. Like any anomaly-detection based techniques, detecting masquerade attacks by profiling user behavior suffers from a significant number of false positives. We extend prior work and provide a novel integrated detection approach in this paper. We combine a user behavior profiling technique with a baiting technique in order to more accurately detect masquerade activity. We show that using this integrated approach reduces the false positives by 36% when compared to user behavior profiling alone, while achieving almost perfect detection results. We also show how this combined detection approach serves as a mechanism for hardening the masquerade attack detector against mimicry attacks.

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Academic Units
Computer Science
Publisher
Department of Computer Science, Columbia University
Series
Columbia University Computer Science Technical Reports, CUCS-018-11
Published Here
July 8, 2011
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