Randy Paffenroth, Associate Professor of Mathematical Sciences and affiliated with the Data Science program and the Computer Science department, has received an award from Raytheon BBN Technologies Corporation in the amount of $49,999 for his project “Adaptive resource management enabling deception (ARMED), Extreme DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) Defense (XD3).”
The ARMED project is developing techniques to protect service enclaves from extreme distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks. These attacks may abuse flaws and ill-specified aspects of the network stack running at the service's endpoint. Usually, these attacks are not detected until it is too late, and the core mathematical tools leveraged in this project include robust techniques for linear and non-linear dimension reduction. Under this award, Dr. Paffenroth will investigate the concept of augmenting the usual protocol processing with additional data collection, analysis, and response capabilities, with a focus on anomaly detection.