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Group-Wise Principal Component Analysis for Exploratory Intrusion Detection

José Camacho; R. Therón; J. M. García-Giménez; Gabriel Maciá-Fernández; Pedro García-Teodoro
Abstract:
Intrusion detection is a relevant layer of cybersecurity to prevent hacking and illegal activities from happening on the assets of corporations. Anomaly-based Intrusion Detection Systems perform an unsupervised analysis on data collected from the network and end systems, in order to identify singular events. While this approach may produce many false alarms, it is also capable of identifying new (zero-day) security threats. In this context, the use of multivariate approaches such as Principal Component Analysis (PCA) provided promising results in the past. PCA can be used in exploratory mode or in learning mode. Here, we propose an exploratory intrusion detection that replaces PCA with Group-wise PCA (GPCA), a recently proposed data analysis technique with additional exploratory characteristics. A main advantage of GPCA over PCA is that the former yields simple models, easy to understand by security professionals not trained in multivariate tools. Besides, the workflow in the intrusion detection with GPCA is more coherent with dominant strategies in intrusion detection. We illustrate the application of GPCA in two case studies.
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Year:
2019
Type of Publication:
Article
Keywords:
Principal component analysis; Group-wise principal component analysis; Anomaly detection; Intrusion Detection
Journal:
IEEE Access
Volume:
7
Pages:
113081-113093
Month:
August
DOI:
https://doi.org/10.1109/ACCESS.2019.2935154
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