Statistical analysis driven optimized deep learning system for intrusion detection

Cosimo Ieracitano, Ahsan Adeel, Mandar Gogate, Kia Dashtipour, Francesco Carlo Morabito, Hadi Larijani, Ali Raza, Amir Hussain

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Attackers have developed ever more sophisticated and intelligent ways to hack information and communication technology (ICT) systems. The extent of damage an individual hacker can carry out upon infiltrating a system is well understood. A potentially catastrophic scenario can be envisaged where a nation-state intercepting encrypted financial data gets hacked. Thus, intelligent cybersecurity systems have become inevitably important for improved protection against malicious threats. However, as malware attacks continue to dramatically increase in volume and complexity, it has become ever more challenging for traditional analytic tools to detect and mitigate threat. Furthermore, a huge amount of data produced by large networks have made the recognition task even more complicated and challenging. In this work, we propose an innovative statistical analysis driven optimized deep learning system for intrusion detection. The proposed intrusion detection system (IDS) extracts optimized and more correlated features using big data visualization and statistical analysis methods, followed by a deep autoencoder (AE) for potential threat detection. Specifically, a preprocessing module eliminates the outliers and converts categorical variables into one-hot-encoded vectors. The feature extraction module discards features with null values grater than 80% and selects the most significant features as input to the deep autoencoder model trained in a greedy-wise manner. The NSL-KDD dataset (an improved version of the original KDD dataset) from the Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity is used as a benchmark to evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of the proposed architecture. Simulation results demonstrate the potential of our proposed IDS system for improving intrusion detection as compared to existing state-of-the-art methods.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Brain Inspired Cognitive Systems. BICS 2018
EditorsJinchang Ren, Amir Hussain, Jiangbin Zheng, Cheng-Lin Liu, Bin Luo, Huimin Zhao, Xinbo Zhao
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9783030005634
ISBN (Print)9783030005627
Publication statusPublished - 6 Oct 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743


  • cybersecurity
  • deep learning
  • auroencoder
  • NSL-KDD dataset

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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