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ILLUMINATING CYBER THREATS FOR SMART CITIES: A DATA-DRIVEN APPROACH FOR CYBER ATTACK DETECTION WITH VISUAL CAPABILITIES

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2021
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A modern urban infrastructure no longer operates in isolation but instead leverages the latest technologies to collect, process, and distribute aggregated knowledge to improve the quality of the provided services and promote the efficiency of resource consumption. However, the ambiguity of ever-evolving cyber threats and their debilitating consequences introduce new barriers for decision-makers. Numerous techniques have been proposed to address the cyber misdemeanors against such critical realms and increase the accuracy of attack inference; however, they remain limited to detection algorithms omitting attack attribution and impact interpretation. The lack of the latter prompts the transition of these methods to operation difficult to impossible. In this dissertation, we first investigate the threat landscape of smart cities, survey and reveal the progress in data-driven methods for situational awareness and evaluate their effectiveness when addressing various cyber threats. Further, we propose an approach that integrates machine learning, the theory of belief functions, and dynamic visualization to complement available attack inference for ICS deployed in the realm of smart cities. Our framework offers an extensive scope of knowledge as opposed to solely evident indicators of malicious activity. It gives the cyber operators and digital investigators an effective tool to dynamically and visually interact, explore and analyze heterogeneous, complex data, and provide rich context information. Such an approach is envisioned to facilitate the cyber incident interpretation and support a timely evidence-based decision-making process.
Title: ILLUMINATING CYBER THREATS FOR SMART CITIES: A DATA-DRIVEN APPROACH FOR CYBER ATTACK DETECTION WITH VISUAL CAPABILITIES.
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Name(s): Neshenko, Nataliia, author
Furht, Borko, Thesis advisor
Bou-Harb, Elias , Thesis advisor
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Date Created: 2021
Date Issued: 2021
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 162 p.
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: A modern urban infrastructure no longer operates in isolation but instead leverages the latest technologies to collect, process, and distribute aggregated knowledge to improve the quality of the provided services and promote the efficiency of resource consumption. However, the ambiguity of ever-evolving cyber threats and their debilitating consequences introduce new barriers for decision-makers. Numerous techniques have been proposed to address the cyber misdemeanors against such critical realms and increase the accuracy of attack inference; however, they remain limited to detection algorithms omitting attack attribution and impact interpretation. The lack of the latter prompts the transition of these methods to operation difficult to impossible. In this dissertation, we first investigate the threat landscape of smart cities, survey and reveal the progress in data-driven methods for situational awareness and evaluate their effectiveness when addressing various cyber threats. Further, we propose an approach that integrates machine learning, the theory of belief functions, and dynamic visualization to complement available attack inference for ICS deployed in the realm of smart cities. Our framework offers an extensive scope of knowledge as opposed to solely evident indicators of malicious activity. It gives the cyber operators and digital investigators an effective tool to dynamically and visually interact, explore and analyze heterogeneous, complex data, and provide rich context information. Such an approach is envisioned to facilitate the cyber incident interpretation and support a timely evidence-based decision-making process.
Identifier: FA00013813 (IID)
Degree granted: Dissertation (Ph.D.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2021.
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): Includes bibliography.
Subject(s): Smart cities
Cyber intelligence (Computer security)
Visual analytics
Threats
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