Intrusion Detection in Wi-Fi Networks by Modular and Optimized Ensemble of Classifiers

Giuseppe Granato, Alessio Martino, Luca Baldini, Antonello Rizzi

Abstract

With the breakthrough of pervasive advanced networking infrastructures and paradigms such as 5G and IoT, cybersecurity became an active and crucial field in the last years. Furthermore, machine learning techniques are gaining more and more attention as prospective tools for mining of (possibly malicious) packet traces and automatic synthesis of network intrusion detection systems. In this work, we propose a modular ensemble of classifiers for spotting malicious attacks on Wi-Fi networks. Each classifier in the ensemble is tailored to characterize a given attack class and is individually optimized by means of a genetic algorithm wrapper with the dual goal of hyper-parameters tuning and retaining only relevant features for a specific attack class. Our approach also considers a novel false alarm management procedure thanks to a proper reliability measure formulation. The proposed system has been tested on the well-known AWID dataset, showing performances comparable with other state of the art works both in terms of accuracy and knowledge discovery capabilities. Our system is also characterized by a modular design of the classification model, allowing to include new possible attack classes in an efficient way.

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