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From the January-March 2018 issue

Big Data Based Security Analytics for Protecting Virtualized Infrastructures in Cloud Computing

By T.Y. Win, H. Tianfield, and Q. Mair

Featured article thumbnail image Virtualized infrastructure in cloud computing has become an attractive target for cyberattackers to launch advanced attacks. This paper proposes a novel big data based security analytics approach to detecting advanced attacks in virtualized infrastructures. Network logs as well as user application logs collected periodically from the guest virtual machines (VMs) are stored in the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS). Then, extraction of attack features is performed through graph-based event correlation and MapReduce parser based identification of potential attack paths. Next, determination of attack presence is performed through two-step machine learning, namely logistic regression is applied to calculate attack's conditional probabilities with respect to the attributes, and belief propagation is applied to calculate the belief in existence of an attack based on them. Experiments are conducted to evaluate the proposed approach using well-known malware as well as in comparison with existing security techniques for virtualized infrastructure. The results show that our proposed approach is effective in detecting attacks with minimal performance overhead.

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Special Issue on Big Data from Space

Extended submission deadline: February 28, 2018. View PDF.

Big Data from Space refers to the massive spatio-temporal Earth and Space observation data collected by space-borne sensors, and their use in synergy with data coming from other aerial or ground based sensors or sources. This domain is currently facing sharp development with numerous new initiatives and breakthroughs ranging from computational sensors to space sensor web, covering almost the entire electromagnetic spectrum from Gamma-rays to radiowaves, or from gravitational to quantum principles. The analysis of these data largely contributes to the broad scientific effort to understand the Universe and to enhance life on Earth. The recent multiplication of open access initiatives to Big Data from Space is giving momentum to the field by widening substantially the spectrum of scientific communities and users as well as awareness among the public while offering new benefits at all levels from individual citizens to the whole society.

In this Special Issue, we solicit high-quality scientific research articles, in areas such as, but not limited to, Earth Observation, planetary sciences, Space and Security, deep space exploration, astrophysics, satellite telecommunication, navigation and positioning systems, addressing key challenges and innovative solutions on how Big Data paradigms can improve the space sciences, technologies, and applications.

Special Issue on Edge Analytics in the Internet of Things

Extended submission deadline: March 1, 2018. View PDF.

The cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT) that connects a wide variety of things including sensors, mobile devices, vehicles, manufacturing machines, and industrial equipments, etc. is changing the way we live. IDC forecasts that the IoT will grow to 50 billion connected devices by 2020, and will generate an unprecedented volume and variety of data. However, moving this big volume of data from the network edge to a central data center for processing and analysis not only adds latency but also consumes network bandwidth. Therefore, the cloud-based IoT with a centralized data center may not be able to enable smart environments, such as cities, homes, schools, etc., or smart systems, such as automated vehicles, traffic controls, factories, etc., whose data need to be analyzed and acted on quickly. This is especially true in scenarios such as health monitoring or autopilot, where milliseconds can have fatal consequences. Such demand indicates that data processing and analysis has to be performed where the data are collected or generated instead of waiting for the data to be sent back to the centralized data center. Also, often these smart environments or systems need to be capable of self-monitoring, self-diagnosing, self-healing, and self-directing, and thus the task of edge-based data analytics may need to incorporate the technology of machine learning. Thus, there is a need to find a way to push intelligence from the central data center to the edge of the network. Indeed, IDC also predicts that up to 40% of IoT data will need edge-based analytics for applications that need real-time action. To solve this issue, fog computing, in which a set of interconnected micro data centers, called fog nodes, are deployed in between the things and the cloud data center, has been adopted as a bridge linking IoT devices and their remote data center. Since a fog node can run IoT-enabled applications for real-time data analytics with millisecond response time, fog computing enables application services of the IoT to be performed close to their consumers, and has created an emerging technology { edge analytics. Meanwhile, some IoT things are getting more capable and more powerful, making edge-based analytics possible. On the other hand, for the moment, most of the IoT things still do not have the computing and storage resources to perform intelligent analytics directly. For such IoT things, a nearby fog node or cloudlet may perform the tasks on their behalf. Furthermore, since data sources are widely distributed, some analytics tasks may need to be collaboratively performed by a set of fog nodes working together with some IoT things. As such, orchestrating fog nodes by means of topology control and network function virtualization may leverage the edge analytics performance.

Though edge analytics is in its nascent stage, it is getting more and more popular. The goal of this special issue is to provide a forum for researchers working on IoT and fog computing to present their recent research results in edge analytics

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