Journal of Computer Science

A Novel Hybrid Method for Network Anomaly Detection Based on Traffic Prediction and Change Point Detection

Mouhammd Alkasassbeh

DOI : 10.3844/jcssp.2018.153.162

Journal of Computer Science

Volume 14, Issue 2

Pages 153-162


In recent years, computer networks have become more and more advanced in terms of size, applications, complexity and level of heterogeneity. Moreover, availability and performance are important issues for end users. New types of cyber-attacks that can affect and damage network performance and availability are constantly emerging and some threats, such as Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, can be very dangerous and cannot be easily prevented. In this study, we present a novel hybrid approach to detecting a DDoS attack by means of monitoring abnormal traffic in the network. This approach reads traffic data and from that it is possible to build a model, by means of which future data may be predicted and compared with observed data, in order to detect any abnormal traffic. This approach combines two methods: traffic prediction and changing detection. To the best of our knowledge, such a combination has never been used in this area before. The approach achieved a highly significant accuracy rate of 98.3% and sensitivity was 100%, which means that all potential attacks are detected and prevented from penetrating the network system.


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