Plenary Lecture

Bio-Inspired Network Intrusion System

Professor Tarek Saadawi
City University of New York

Abstract: Cyber Attacks have been increaing at an alraming rate. For example, the attack on DYN compnay on October, 2016 have resulted in the cutoff of Internet services in the North East of the USA. The Dyn company is an organization that controls many of the Domain Name Servers that service American domains. This widely successful attack utilized the now infamous Mirai – a nasty piece of malware that powers an extensive botnet largely populated by Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Advancements in Internet of Things (IoT), nanotech computing, wireless, advanced robotics, autonomous systems, intelligent agents, cloud computing and other technologies, as well as reliance on 3rd party commercial-off-the-shelf software, will also increase the cyber-attack surface in systems and networks. Given the ability of the human immune system to detect all forms of infections and how the human body can be related to the complex network of interconnected systems that exist today, our proposal takes a biological approach to solving the network intrusion detection problem. Our proposed bio-inspired system for network intrusion detection makes use of the models that exist in immunology which has been abstracted to an area under artificial intelligence known as artificial immune system (AIS). The proposed system will be a combination of the immunology-developed theory of self-nonself (SNS), and danger theory (DT). The proposed system stems from our successful application of SNS and DT respectively to the detection of cyber attacks that originate from external networks. Our proposed system will be detecting cyber-attacks that originate from both inside and outside a communication network.

Brief Biography of the Speaker: TAREK N. SAADAWI received the B.Sc. and the M.Sc. from Cairo University Egypt in 1973 and 1975 respectively and the Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1980 (all in Electrical Engineering). Since 1980 he has been with the Electrical Engineering Department, The City University of New York, City College where he currently directs the Center of Information Networking and Telecommunications (CINT) and a Professor teaching courses in Network security, computer networks, local area network, communications systems and information theory. His current interests are telecommunications networks security, high-speed networks, multimedia networks, mobile ad-hoc networks and transport layer protocols. He has published extensively in the area of telecommunications networks. He is a co-editor of the book "Cyber Infrastructure Protection," Strategic Study Institute, volume 1, May 2011, and Volume 2 August 2013, and Co-author of the book, Fundamentals of Telecommunication Networks," John Wiley & Sons, 1994 (which has been translated into Chinese) and. Dr. Saadawi is the co-Chair and co-Organizer of NSF Workshop on Cyber Security, Cairo-Egypt, May 27-30, 2013 and was a Member of the Consortium Management Committee for the Army Research Lab (ARL) Consortium on communications and networks; known as the Collaborative Technology Alliances on Communications and Networks, (1996 – 2011). He is a Senior Member of IEEE, former Technical Editor of IEEE Communications, and former Chairman of IEEE Computer Society of New York City (1986-87). He has received IEEE Region 1 Award, 1987, and the Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) of America for research on Broadband Telecommunication Networks. Dr Saadawi is a co-founder of IEEE Symposium on Computers and Commuications (ISCC is in its 18th series). Dr Saadawi and has been invited and joined US Dept of Commerce Delegation to the Government of Algeria to address rural communications. He also led a group of US experts to provide a telecommunications master plan for the Government of Egypt under US AID funding.

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