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Simulation-based Approaches to Studying Effectiveness of Moving-Target Network Defense



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


Moving-target defense has been hypothesized as a potential game changer in cyber defense, including that for computer networks. However there has been little work to study how much proactively changing a network's configuration can increase the difficulty for attackers and thus improve the resilience of the system under attack. In this paper we present a basic design schema of a moving-target network defense system. Based on this design schema, we conducted a simulation-based study to investigate the degree to which proactively changing a network's various parameters can decrease an adversary's chance for success. We believe this is an important first step towards understanding why and how the concept of a moving target can be successfully applied to computer network defenses.
Proceedings Title
National Symposium on Moving Target Research
Conference Dates
June 11, 2012
Conference Location
Annapolis, MD, US


intrusion tolerance, security metrics, security risk, threats


Zhuang, R. , Zhang, S. , DeLoach, S. , Ou, X. and Singhal, A. (2012), Simulation-based Approaches to Studying Effectiveness of Moving-Target Network Defense, National Symposium on Moving Target Research, Annapolis, MD, US, [online], (Accessed April 14, 2024)
Created June 10, 2012, Updated October 12, 2021