Journal of Applied Science and Engineering

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Po-Jen Chuang This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Tzu-Chao Hung

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Tamkang University, New Taipei City, Taiwan 25137, R.O.C.


Received: July 22, 2019
Accepted: November 23, 2019
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This paper introduces a new attack blocking mechanism to defend against malicious unknown attacks in the Internet of Things (IoT) environments. The new mechanism starts by installing a honeypot in each Software Defined Network OpenFlow switch to attract and collect suspicious traffic. Upon detecting suspicious traffic, it will first store the traffic in the honeypot first, instead of performing instant anomaly detection, to preserve the overall network speed and packets. The mechanism then sends the collected attack traffic to the controller, to extract more appropriate features by the machine learning practice and to ensure more accurate anomaly identification. After identifying the attack type, it will add a proper defense rule in the entry table – a new entry – to block similar future attacks. Experimental evaluation proves that the new mechanism is more advantageous than the existing flow-based IDS mechanism. Major advantages include being able to detect and prevent unknown attacks without blocking regular network traffic, achieve better capture rates than the Intrusion Detection System (IDS) upon traffic-high or short packet attacks, and avoid potential packet loss.

Keywords: Internet of Things (IoT), Software Defined Network (SDN), Intrusion Detection System (IDS), flow table, honeypot, machine learning, anomaly detection, Distributed Denial of Services (DDoS).


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