Analysis and Detection of DDoS Attacks Using Machine Learning Techniques

  • Saman Sarraf The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Senior Member IEEE
Keywords: Attack Prediction, DDoS, Machine Learning


Over the past years, distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on Internet services and websites have dramatically increased. Several research teams designed defensive methodologies to handle the DDoS attacks. Using machine learning-based solutions have enabled researchers to detect DDoS attacks with complex and dynamic patterns. In this work, a subset of the CICIDS2017 dataset, including 200K samples and 84 features, was used to analyze the features and build models. A correlation analysis, as well as a tree-based feature importance exploration, were performed in the feature engineering step. Next, decision tree and support vector machine models were trained and tested to classify DDoS and Benign attacks. The results revealed that “Flow ID,” “SYN Flag Cnt,” and “Dst IP” had the most impact on attack detection. Also, the machine learning models classified the DDoS attacks, where the accuracy rates of close to 100% were achieved. The decision tree models showed slightly better performance than linear support vector machines. The results in this work highly matched the outcome of the original paper, which was to replicate.


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