The Impact of Address Changes and Host Diversity on the Effectiveness of Moving Target Defense Strategy

Jianjun Zheng, Akbar Siami Namin

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Abstract

Moving Target Defense (MTD) is one of the game changing ideas introduced to strengthen defenders and weaken adversaries in a networked environment. One of the well-known strategies is to change randomly and more frequently the network IP addresses of critical clients so that the network locations of the clients are less recognizable. The goal is therefore to minimize the time that the location of a host computer is exposed to attackers. Several moving target defense mechanisms have been introduced to demonstrate the effectiveness of IP address-based MTD strategies. To the best of our knowledge, however, there is no study with its focus on investigating the impact of both the IP address change rate and the host diversity on the success of the defense and in turn the failure of attacks. We present the results of an analysis performed on simulating a simplified attack scenario against hosts on a network. The paper investigates the influence of host IP address change rate and host complexity on the success rate of attacks. The results show that both the host IP address change rate and the attack crafting time have significant impact on making attacks unsuccessful.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2016 IEEE 40th Annual Computer Software and Applications Conference Workshops, COMPSAC 2016
EditorsLing Liu, Dejan Milojicic, Zhiyong Zhang, Zhiyong Zhang, Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed, Hiroyuki Sato, Stevlio Cimato, William Claycomb, Sorel Reisman, Motonori Nakamura, Chung Horng Lung, Mihhail Matskin
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages553-558
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781467388450
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 24 2016
Event2016 IEEE 40th Annual Computer Software and Applications Conference, COMPSAC 2016 - Atlanta, United States
Duration: Jun 10 2016Jun 14 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Computer Software and Applications Conference
Volume2
ISSN (Print)0730-3157

Conference

Conference2016 IEEE 40th Annual Computer Software and Applications Conference, COMPSAC 2016
CountryUnited States
CityAtlanta
Period06/10/1606/14/16

Keywords

  • DHCP
  • Moving Target Defense
  • Network Security

Cite this

Zheng, J., & Namin, A. S. (2016). The Impact of Address Changes and Host Diversity on the Effectiveness of Moving Target Defense Strategy. In L. Liu, D. Milojicic, Z. Zhang, Z. Zhang, S. I. Ahamed, H. Sato, S. Cimato, W. Claycomb, S. Reisman, M. Nakamura, C. H. Lung, & M. Matskin (Eds.), Proceedings - 2016 IEEE 40th Annual Computer Software and Applications Conference Workshops, COMPSAC 2016 (pp. 553-558). [7552272] (Proceedings - International Computer Software and Applications Conference; Vol. 2). IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/COMPSAC.2016.233