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Intrusion Detection Based on Rule Extraction from Dynamic Cell Structure Neural Networks

Author(s): Mansour Sheikhan | Amir Khalili

Journal: Majlesi Journal of Electrical Engineering
ISSN 2008-1413

Volume: 4;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 24;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Rule extraction | Neural networks | Intrusion detection system.

Knowledge embedded within artificial neural networks (ANNs) is distributed over the connections and weights of neurons. So, the user considers ANN as a black box system. There are many researches investigating the area of rule extraction by ANNs. In this paper, a dynamic cell structure (DCS) neural network and a modified version of LERX algorithm are used for rule extraction. On the other hand, intrusion detection system (IDS) is known as a critical technology to secure computer networks. So, the proposed algorithm is used to develop an IDS and classify the patterns of intrusion. To compare the performance of the proposed system with other machine learning algorithms, a multi layer perceptron (MLP) and an Elman neural network are employed with selected inputs based on the results of a feature relevance analysis. Empirical results show the superior performance of the IDS based on rule extraction from DCS in recognizing hard-detectable attack categories, e.g. user-to-root (U2R). Although, MLP with 15 selected input features, instead of 41 standard features introduced by knowledge discovery and data mining group (KDD), has better classification rates for other attack categories. This network performs better in terms of detection rate (DR), false alarm rate (FAR), and cost per example (CPE) when compared with some other machine learning methods, as well.
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