Centralized and Distributed Intrusion Detection for Resource Constrained Wireless SDN Networks [article]

Gustavo A. Nunez Segura, Arsenia Chorti, Cintia Borges Margi
2021 arXiv   pre-print
Software-defined networking (SDN) was devised to simplify network management and automate infrastructure sharing in wired networks. These benefits motivated the application of SDN in wireless sensor networks to leverage solutions for complex applications. However, some of the core SDN traits turn the networks prone to denial of service attacks (DoS). There are proposals in the literature to detect DoS in wireless SDN networks, however, not without shortcomings: there is little focus on resource
more » ... constraints, high detection rates have been reported only for small networks, and the detection is disengaged from the identification of the type of the attack or the attacker. Our work targets these shortcomings by introducing a lightweight, online change point detector to monitor performance metrics that are impacted when the network is under attack. A key novelty is that the proposed detector is able to operate in either centralized or distributed mode. The centralized detector has very high detection rates and can further distinguish the type of the attack (from a list of known attacks). On the other hand, the distributed detector provides information that allows to identify the nodes launching the attack. Our proposal is tested over IEEE 802.15.4 networks. The results show detection rates exceeding 96% in networks of 36 and 100 nodes and identification of the type of the attack with a probability exceeding 0.89 when using the centralized approach. Additionally, for some types of attack it was possible to pinpoint the attackers with an identification probability over 0.93 when using distributed detectors.
arXiv:2103.01262v1 fatcat:ffuixybxqndmpooder4lyh52ae