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ORNL Research Scientist Justin Beaver

"What we've got is an engine that analyzes . . . [intrusion detection] data for you," says ORNL Research Scientist Justin Beaver.

Credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

A system that can more effectively detect possible cyber security attacks within large organizations—including government agencies—is being developed with the assistance of the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Justin Beaver of ORNL's Computational Sciences and Engineering Division is leading the technology's development team.

"One of the problems with existing intrusion technologies is that they alert so frequently that an operator or analyst has a very difficult time determining which alerts they should most concerned with," Beaver says. "What we've got is an engine that analyzes that data for you. The computer does the work of filtering out the signal from the noise."

Beaver says the Oak Ridge system enables security personnel to more accurately detect actual cyber attacks.

Listen to an audio file of Beaver describe the shortcomings of existing intrusion detection technology.

"The typical set-up for a cyber defense is that you have a collection of tools that you put together for any kind of large organization," Beaver said. "They always set up some kind of cyber defense that is comprised of many niche tools. All of these things pipe into one channel. There is a huge amount of data that has to be handled, analyzed and processed."

ORNL is managed by UT-Battelle for the Department of Energy Office of Science.


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