Hunter in the Dark: Discover Anomalous Network Activity Using Deep Ensemble Network [article]

Shiyi Yang, Hui Guo, Nour Moustafa
2021 arXiv   pre-print
Machine learning (ML)-based intrusion detection systems (IDSs) play a critical role in discovering unknown threats in a large-scale cyberspace. They have been adopted as a mainstream hunting method in many organizations, such as financial institutes, manufacturing companies and government agencies. However, existing designs achieve a high threat detection performance at the cost of a large number of false alarms, leading to alert fatigue. To tackle this issue, in this paper, we propose a
more » ... network-based defense mechanism named DarkHunter. DarkHunter incorporates both supervised learning and unsupervised learning in the design. It uses a deep ensemble network (trained through supervised learning) to detect anomalous network activities and exploits an unsupervised learning-based scheme to trim off mis-detection results. For each detected threat, DarkHunter can trace to its source and present the threat in its original traffic format. Our evaluations, based on the UNSW-NB15 dataset, show that DarkHunter outperforms the existing ML-based IDSs and is able to achieve a high detection accuracy while keeping a low false positive rate.
arXiv:2105.09157v4 fatcat:zkcteve4l5ezhfg5xetq5nku2y