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Investigating the Application of Moving Target Defenses to Network Security

Published

Author(s)

Rui Zhuang, Su Zhang, Alex Bardas, Scott DeLoach, Xinming Ou, Anoop Singhal

Abstract

This paper presents a preliminary design for a moving-target defense (MTD) for computer networks to combat an attacker's asymmetric advantage. The MTD system reasons over a set of abstract models that capture the network's configuration and its operational and security goals to select adaptations that maintain the operational integrity of the network. The paper examines both a simple (purely random) MTD system as well as an intelligent MTD system that uses attack indicators to augment adaptation selection. A set of simulation-based experiments show that such an MTD system may in fact be able to reduce an attacker's success likelihood. These results are a preliminary step towards understanding and quantifying the impact of MTDs on computer networks.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Resilient Control Systems (ISRCS)
Conference Dates
August 13-15, 2013
Conference Location
San Francisco, CA, US
Conference Title
6th International Symposium on Resilient Control Systems (ISRCS)

Keywords

moving target, adaptive security, network security

Citation

Zhuang, R. , Zhang, S. , Bardas, A. , DeLoach, S. , Ou, X. and Singhal, A. (2013), Investigating the Application of Moving Target Defenses to Network Security, Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Resilient Control Systems (ISRCS), San Francisco, CA, US, [online], https://doi.org/10.1109/ISRCS.2013.6623770, https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=918925 (Accessed April 19, 2024)
Created August 14, 2013, Updated October 12, 2021