Extending the DARPA off-line intrusion detection evaluations
June 12, 2001
The 1998 and 1999 DARPA off-line intrusion detection evaluations assessed the performance of intrusion detection systems using realistic background traffic and many examples of realistic attacks. This paper discusses three extensions to these evaluations. First, the Lincoln Adaptable Real-time Information Assurance Testbed (LARIAT) has been developed to simplify intrusion detection development and evaluation. LARIAT allows researchers and operational users to rapidly configure and run real-time intrusion detection and correlation tests with robust background traffic and attacks in their laboratories. Second, "Scenario Datasets" have been crafted to provide examples of multiple component attack scenarios instead of the atomic , attacks as found in past evaluations. Third, extensive analysis of the 1999 evaluation data and results has provided understanding of many attacks, their manifestations, and the features used to detect them. This analysis will be used to develop models of attacks, intrusion detection systems, and intrusion detection system alerts. Successful models could reduce the need for expensive experimentation, allow proof-of-concept analysis and simulations, and form the foundation of a theory of intrusion detection.