NetSecuritas: An Integrated Attack Graph-Based Security Assessment Tool for Enterprise Networks


Sophisticated cyber-attacks have become prominent with the growth of the Internet and web technology. Such attacks are multi-stage ones, and correlate vulnerabilities on intermediate hosts to compromise an otherwise well-protected critical resource. Conventional security assessment approaches can leave out some complex scenarios generated by these attacks. In the literature, these correlated attacks have been modeled using attack graphs. Although a few attack graph-based network security assessment tools are available, they are either commercial products or developed using proprietary databases. In this paper, we develop a customized tool, NetSecuritas, which implements a novel heuristic-based attack graph generation algorithm and integrates different phases of network security assessment. NetSecuritas leverages open-source libraries, tools and publicly available databases. A cost-driven mitigation strategy has also been proposed to generate network security recommendations. Experimental results establish the efficacy of both attack graph generation and mitigation approach.

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2015 International Conference on Distributed Computing and Networking, ICDCN '15 (2015: Jan. 4-7, Goa, India)


Computer Science


The work is partially supported by a research grant from the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Government of India under Grant No. 12(14)/09-ESD, dated 11-Jan-2010. The works of S. K. Das is partially supported by the US National Science Foundation under Award Numbers CNS-1404677 and DGE-1433659.

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Complex networks; Computer crime; Distributed computer systems; Graphic methods; Attack graph; Attack graph generation algorithms; Commercial products; Mitigation strategy; Open-source libraries; Penetration testing; Security assessment; Vulnerability assessments; Network security

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01 Jan 2015