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Managing Next Generation Networks and Services

Volume 4773 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 476-486

Performance Evaluation of a Mobile Agent Based Framework for Security Event Management in IP Networks

  • Ching-hang FongAffiliated withSchool of Computing and Information Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Ulster, Coleraine, Co. Londonderry, BT52 1SA
  • , Gerard ParrAffiliated withSchool of Computing and Information Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Ulster, Coleraine, Co. Londonderry, BT52 1SA
  • , Philip MorrowAffiliated withSchool of Computing and Information Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Ulster, Coleraine, Co. Londonderry, BT52 1SA

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Abstract

Conventional network management protocols are insufficient especially in dealing with frequent security attacks. Our research has developed a Mobile Agent Security framework for Autonomic network Management (MASAM) which intends to address the above limitations. In this paper, we aim to evaluate the performance of the MASAM framework when dealing with security attack event management. The evaluation focuses on the traffic cost comparison between the new framework and SNMPv3. Event management traffic models are proposed and utilised to facilitate this evaluation. In order to validate the derived formulas, a corresponding set of simulation experiments have been conducted and the results are analysed. Positive evaluation results have been obtained from three focus points: the entire network, the manager and the managed device. We conclude that the MASAM framework reduces the amount of management traffic generated to respond to security attacks and also scales better than SNMP as a function of network size.

Keywords

Security Management Mobile Agent SNMP Performance Evaluation