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A Security Monitoring Framework For Virtualization Based HEP Infrastructures

Abstract · Apr 16, 2017 14:59 ·

hep intrusion consumption incidents alice grid calls jobs security prevention cs-dc cs-ai cs-cr hep-ex

Arxiv Abstract

  • A. Gomez Ramirez
  • M. Martinez Pedreira
  • C. Grigoras
  • L. Betev
  • C. Lara
  • U. Kebschull for the ALICE Collaboration

High Energy Physics (HEP) distributed computing infrastructures require automatic tools to monitor, analyze and react to potential security incidents. These tools should collect and inspect data such as resource consumption, logs and sequence of system calls for detecting anomalies that indicate the presence of a malicious agent. They should also be able to perform automated reactions to attacks without administrator intervention. We describe a novel framework that accomplishes these requirements, with a proof of concept implementation for the ALICE experiment at CERN. We show how we achieve a fully virtualized environment that improves the security by isolating services and Jobs without a significant performance impact. We also describe a collected dataset for Machine Learning based Intrusion Prevention and Detection Systems on Grid computing. This dataset is composed of resource consumption measurements (such as CPU, RAM and network traffic), logfiles from operating system services, and system call data collected from production Jobs running in an ALICE Grid test site and a big set of malware. This malware was collected from security research sites. Based on this dataset, we will proceed to develop Machine Learning algorithms able to detect malicious Jobs.

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