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Survival Analysis on Botnet C&C Traffic by Tongyu Zhou '20, Wednesday, November 13

Wed, November 13th, 2019
1:10 pm
- 1:50 pm

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Survival Analysis on Botnet C&C Traffic by Tongyu Zhou ’20, Wednesday, November 13, Statistics Colloquium, 1:10 – 1:50 pm, Stetson Court Classroom 105

Abstract:  The persistence of botnet command and control (C&C) networks, a malicious web of devices connected through the Internet to perform attacks and steal data, continues to pose a threat to online communications.  One way to effectively derive mitigation strategies is to study C&C lifetime, identify related risk factors, and analyze these risks using techniques in survival analysis.  In this talk, I will start by presenting the basics of survival analysis and discuss how it differs from other statistical analyses.  I will then introduce the Kaplan-Meier estimate of the survival function and explain how it can be applied to investigate C&C survival ratios. This can be used to distinguish them from normal traffic at the exploration stage.  I will then introduce the Cox proportional hazard model which relates survival time to potential risk factors.  In the C&C case, applying the lasso penalized version of the model helps to identify important factors such as location, malware type, and hosting type that may contribute to C&C lifetime variety.

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