Special Issue "Insider Attacks"

A special issue of Information (ISSN 2078-2489). This special issue belongs to the section "Information Systems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Santosh Aditham

Lead Machine Learning Engineer, Macy's, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
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Interests: data security; machine learning; NLP; distributed systems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Traditionally, the word “security” in the technology industry was synonymous with addressing threats and attacks that originate externally. However, we are noticing the rise in concerns about threats that originate internally, due to factors such as abuse of privilege, naivety, carelessness and ill intent. Such threats are known as insider attacks and they damage assets, reputation and finances of individuals, enterprises and organizations. There is a need to address this problem of growing security threats from insiders. As a result, it is our goal to explore the state-of-the-art research dealing with new surveys, policies, tools, techniques, concepts, and applications concerning the detection, mitigation and prevention of insider attacks.

The goal of this Special Issue is to collect high-quality contributions to address the security concerns related to insider attacks. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the ones listed below:

  • Theoretical proofs to address insider attacks
  • Insider threat modeling and attack vectors
  • Implications of insider threats
  • Policies and regulations to prevent insider attacks
  • Authentication and authorization techniques to address insider attacks
  • Behavioral analytics and fraud detection
  • Data governance and differential privacy
  • Network access control systems
  • Intrusion detection systems
  • Insider attack recovery mechanisms
  • Insider threats and attack datasets
  • Insider attack prevention and detection for large scale distributed systems
  • Future challenges for enterprises and organizations regarding insider threats

Dr. Santosh Aditham
Guest Editor

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  • security
  • insider attacks
  • vulnerabilities and threats

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Open AccessArticle SDN-Based Intrusion Detection System for Early Detection and Mitigation of DDoS Attacks
Information 2019, 10(3), 106; https://doi.org/10.3390/info10030106
Received: 18 January 2019 / Revised: 27 February 2019 / Accepted: 4 March 2019 / Published: 8 March 2019
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The current paper addresses relevant network security vulnerabilities introduced by network devices within the emerging paradigm of Internet of Things (IoT) as well as the urgent need to mitigate the negative effects of some types of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks that [...] Read more.
The current paper addresses relevant network security vulnerabilities introduced by network devices within the emerging paradigm of Internet of Things (IoT) as well as the urgent need to mitigate the negative effects of some types of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks that try to explore those security weaknesses. We design and implement a Software-Defined Intrusion Detection System (IDS) that reactively impairs the attacks at its origin, ensuring the “normal operation” of the network infrastructure. Our proposal includes an IDS that automatically detects several DDoS attacks, and then as an attack is detected, it notifies a Software Defined Networking (SDN) controller. The current proposal also downloads some convenient traffic forwarding decisions from the SDN controller to network devices. The evaluation results suggest that our proposal timely detects several types of cyber-attacks based on DDoS, mitigates their negative impacts on the network performance, and ensures the correct data delivery of normal traffic. Our work sheds light on the programming relevance over an abstracted view of the network infrastructure to timely detect a Botnet exploitation, mitigate malicious traffic at its source, and protect benign traffic. Full article
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