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2014 IEEE 28th International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications (AINA) (2014)
Victoria, BC, Canada
May 13, 2014 to May 16, 2014
ISSN: 1550-445X
ISBN: 978-1-4799-3629-8
pp: 106-115
ABSTRACT
Continuous Authentication (CA) consists of monitoring and checking repeatedly and unobtrusively user behavior during a computing session in order to discriminate between legitimate and impostor behaviors. Stylometry analysis, which consists of checking whether a target document was written or not by a specific individual, could potentially be used for CA. In this work, we adapt existing stylometric features and develop a new authorship verification model applicable for continuous authentication. We use existing lexical, syntactic, and application specific features, and propose new features based on n-gram analysis. We start initially with a large features set, and identify a reduced number of user-specific features by computing the information gain. In addition, our approach includes a strategy to circumvent issues regarding unbalanced dataset which is an inherent problem in stylometry analysis. We use Support Vector Machine (SVM) for classification. Experimental evaluation based on the Enron email dataset involving 76 authors yields very promising results consisting of an Equal Error Rate (EER) of 12.42% for message blocks of 500 characters.
INDEX TERMS
Feature extraction, Authentication, Support vector machines, Training, Syntactics, Forensics, Electronic mail
CITATION

M. L. Brocardo, I. Traore and I. Woungang, "Toward a Framework for Continuous Authentication Using Stylometry," 2014 IEEE 28th International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications (AINA), Victoria, BC, Canada, 2014, pp. 106-115.
doi:10.1109/AINA.2014.18
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