Anomaly Detection in the Cloud: Detecting Security Incidents via Machine Learning [chapter]

Matthias Gander, Michael Felderer, Basel Katt, Adrian Tolbaru, Ruth Breu, Alessandro Moschitti
2013 Communications in Computer and Information Science  
Cloud computing is now on the verge of being embraced as a serious usage-model. However, while outsourcing services and workflows into the cloud provides indisputable benefits in terms of flexibility of costs and scalability, there is little advance in security (which can influence reliability), transparency and incident handling. The problem of applying the existing security tools in the cloud is twofold. First, these tools do not consider the specific attacks and challenges of cloud
more » ... ts, e.g., cross-VM side-channel attacks. Second, these tools focus on attacks and threats at only one layer of abstraction, e.g., the network, the service, or the workflow layers. Thus, the semantic gap between events and alerts at different layers is still an open issue. The aim of this paper is to present ongoing work towards a Monitoring-as-a-Service anomaly detection framework in a hybrid or public cloud. The goal of our framework is twofold. First it closes the gap between incidents at different layers of cloud-sourced workflows, namely we focus both on the workflow and the infrastracture layers. Second, our framework tackles challenges stemming from cloud usage, like multi-tenancy. Our framework uses complex event processing rules and machine learning, to detect populate user-specified metrics that can be used to assess the security status of the monitored system.
doi:10.1007/978-3-642-45260-4_8 fatcat:4mgm7gq4f5bqfexxntylof233u