Real-Time Multistage Attack Awareness Through Enhanced Intrusion Alert Clustering
Source: University at Buffalo
Correlation and fusion of intrusion alerts to provide effective Situation Awareness of cyber-attacks has become an active area of research. Snort is the most widely deployed intrusion detection sensor. For many networks and their system administrators, the alerts generated by Snort are the primary indicators of network misuse and attacker activity. However, the volume of the alerts generated in typical networks makes real-time attack scenario comprehension dif-cult. This paper present an attack-stage oriented classification of alerts using Snort as an example, and demonstrate that this effectively improves real-time Situation Awareness of multistage attacks. It also incorporate this scheme into a real-time attack detection framework and prototype presented by the authors in previous work and provide some results from testing against multistage attack scenarios.