Adaptive Alert Throttling for Intrusion Detection Systems

Gianni Tedesco, Uwe Aickelin

Published : 2003


Each time that an intrusion detection system raises an alert it must make some attempt to communicate the information to an operator. This communication channel can easily become the target of a denial of service attack because, like all communication channels, it has a _xed capacity. If this channel can become overwhelmed with bogus data, an attacker can quickly achieve complete neutralisation of intrusion detection capability. Although these types of attack are very hard to stop completely, our aim is to present techniques that improve alert throughput and capacity to such an extent that the resources required to successfully mount the attack become prohibitive.

University of Melbourne Researchers