Summit Speaker Ram Dantu
Can the Average Joe Secure Your Network?
Thursday, June 7, 2018 3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
The size and number of networks continue to increase at an extraordinary rate. Ensuring that these networks’ security measures, such as Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) and Firewalls, are properly configured is more important than ever given the number of attacks that occur on a daily basis. This paper covers the development and testing of a new tool that allows natural language to be used to create IDS and Firewall rules. With the use of this tool, novices who know little about network security can create effective policies and be satisfied that their networks are secure. This tool was implemented within OpenStack’s cloud environment and includes a web interface that allows users to input rules. After developing the tool, 1000 inputs were collected from users of varying experience levels. Analysis of the collected data has shown this tool’s accuracy to be 90.7% with room for further improvement still possible.
South Hall - Ballroom 2
Professor Ram Dantu
University of North Texas
Dr. Ram Dantu has 20 years of industrial experience in the networking industry, where he worked for Cisco, Nortel, Alcatel, and Fujitsu and was responsible for advanced technology products from concept to delivery. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of North Texas (UNT). He was also the founding director of the Network Security Laboratory, and the Center for Information and Computer Security at UNT. He has received several NSF awards in collaboration (lead PI) with Columbia University, Purdue University, University of California at Davis, Texas A&M University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition to more than 200 research papers, he has authored several Requests For Comments (RFCs) related to MultiProtocol Label Switching (MPLS), SS7 over IP, and routing. Based on my work, Cisco and Alcatel were granted a total of 25 patents, and another ten are pending. During 2011-2012, he was a visiting professor at MIT in the School of Engineering.