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Building Trust 23 May 2014

Winner Announced in ISOC-Sponsored Student Poster Competition at TNC2014

Megan Kruse
By Megan KruseDirector, Partner Engagement and Communications
Ryan VogtGuest Author

One of the things we love about the Internet community is how open and inclusive it is, and we’re proud to help prepare a new generation to succeed as Internet technology, policy, and business leaders. This year, the Internet Society and Cisco co-sponsored the prize for best student poster at the TERENA Networking Conference (TNC2014). We were very impressed with all the post-graduate students who submitted posters.

This year’s poster contest winner is Jessica Steinberger, University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt, Germany and Twente University, the Netherlands, who submitted a poster on “Real-time DDoS Defense: A collaborative Approach at Internet Scale.”

From her poster abstract:

“In the last years, Distributed Denial of Service attacks (DDoS) evolved to one of the major causes responsible for network infrastructure and service outages. Often the amount of traffic generated by DDoS attacks is such that, although traditional security solutions as firewalls and Intrusion Prevention Systems are deployed, the target network will lose connectivity, because the network resources are exhausted. To optimize mitigation and response capabilities and thus reduce potential damages caused by DDoS attacks, mitigation and response should be moved from the target network to the networks of Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Additionally, ISPs should collaborate and exchange information in context of network security. This poster proposes a framework for flow-based real-time and automatic mitigation of DDoS attacks in ISP networks. The framework collects and processes network flow-based data e.g. NetFlow/IPFIX from the network edge router of an ISP network. The collected data is used to perform anomaly detection, data fusion and classification. In case of a detected anomaly within the flow-based data a security event is raised. Based on this security event a collaborative process is initiated. The framework collaborates with third parties by gathering and processing security information e.g. from other ISPs, customers or available data e.g. Blacklists, Open DNS resolvers etc.).”

Jessica’s poster is available for download at

As Karen O’Donoghue said in an earlier TNC announcement, “We’re especially pleased to see the increased involvement of the students through both presentations and posters. The Internet Society looks for opportunities to support the development of the next generation of Internet leaders and innovators. We think TNC is an excellent venue to give students the chance to showcase their own innovative ideas, while meeting the movers and shakers of today’s Internet.”

The TERENA Networking Conference (TNC) is the largest and most prestigious European research networking conference, with more than 650 participants attending this annual event. TNC brings together decision makers, managers, networking and collaboration specialists, and identity and access management experts from all major European networking and research organisations, universities, worldwide sister institutions, as well as industry representatives.

Congratulations, Jessica!

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Disclaimer: Viewpoints expressed in this post are those of the author and may or may not reflect official Internet Society positions.

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