Title: A multilevel thrust filtration defending mechanism against DDoS attacks in cloud computing environment

Authors: N.Ch. Sriman Narayana Iyengar; Gopinath Ganapathy; P.C. Mogan Kumar; Ajith Abraham

Addresses: School of Computing Science and Engineering, VIT University, Vellore 632014, Tamil Nadu, India ' Bharathidasan University Technology Park, Trichy 620023, Tamil Nadu, India ' School of Information Technology and Engineering, VIT University, Vellore 632014, Tamil Nadu, India ' Machine Intelligence Research Labs (MIR Labs), Scientific Network for Innovation and Research Excellence, PO Box 2259, Auburn, WA 98071-2259, USA

Abstract: Cloud computing is a technology which not only gained advantages from ascendant technologies, but also suffered from its security breaches, of which availability is the most serious security issue. Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) is a kind of resource-availability-related attack launched with the aim of subverting the Data Centre (DC) for resource unavailability to the legitimate clients. In this paper, we propose 'Multilevel Thrust Filtration (MTF) mechanism' as a solution, which authenticates the incoming requesters and detects the different types of DDoS attacks at different levels to detect the most intensive attack at an early stage to prevent the unnecessary traffic reaching the DC. A hybrid solution is proposed to detect four different kinds of attacks that have been taken into consideration. Profit analysis proved that the proposed mechanism is deployable at an attack-prone DC for resource protection, which would eventually result in beneficial service at slenderised revenue.

Keywords: cloud computing; resource availability; DDoS attacks; distributed denial of service; flash crowd; botnets; spoof attacks; multilevel thrust filtration defence; authentication; attack detection; resource protection; security.

DOI: 10.1504/IJGUC.2014.065384

International Journal of Grid and Utility Computing, 2014 Vol.5 No.4, pp.236 - 248

Received: 31 Aug 2013
Accepted: 15 Dec 2013

Published online: 23 Oct 2014 *

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