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01.08.2014 | Ausgabe 7-8/2014 Open Access

Annals of Telecommunications 7-8/2014

On the testing of network cyber threat detection methods on spam example

Robert Filasiak, Maciej Grzenda, Marcin Luckner, Pawel Zawistowski


As a response to the increasing number of cyber threats, novel detection and prevention methods are constantly being developed. One of the main obstacles hindering the development and evaluation of such methods is the shortage of reference data sets. What is proposed in this work is a way of testing methods detecting network threats. It includes a procedure for creating realistic reference data sets describing network threats and the processing and use of these data sets in testing environments. The proposed approach is illustrated and validated on the basis of the problem of spam detection. Reference data sets for spam detection are developed, analysed and used to both generate the requested volume of simulated traffic and analyse it using machine learning algorithms. The tests take into account both the accuracy and performance of threat detection methods under real load and constrained computing resources.
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