Date of Award

1-1-2003

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Masters of Science

School

Computer and Information Science

Faculty

Faculty of Computing, Health and Science

First Advisor

Craig Valli

Abstract

Over the last few years, incidents of network based intrusions have rapidly increased, due to the increase and popularity of various attack tools easily available for download from the Internet. Due to this increase in intrusions, the concept of a network defence known as Honeypots developed. These honeypots are designed to ensnare attackers and monitor their activities. Honeypots use the principles of deception such as masking, mimicry, decoying, inventing, repackaging and dazzling to deceive attackers. Deception exists in various forms. It is a tactic to survive and defeat the motives of attackers. Due to its presence in the nature, deception has been widely used during wars and now in Information Systems. This thesis considers the current state of honeypot technology as well as describes the framework of how to improve the effectiveness of honeypots through the effective use of deception. In this research, a legitimate corporate deceptive network is created using Honeyd (a type of honeypot) which is attacked and improved using empirical learning approach. The data collected during the attacking exercise were analysed, using various measures, to determine the effectiveness of the deception in the honeypot network created using honeyd. The results indicate that the attackers were deceived into believing the honeynet was a real network which instead was a deceptive network.

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