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Event Driven Network Topology Discovery and Inventory Listing Using REAMS


Network Topology Discovery and Inventory Listing are two of the primary features of modern network monitoring systems (NMS). Current NMSs rely heavily on active scanning techniques for discovering and mapping network information. Although this approach works, it introduces some major drawbacks such as the performance impact it can exact, specially in larger network environments. As a consequence, scans are often run less frequently which can result in stale information being presented and used by the network monitoring system. Alternatively, some NMSs rely on their agents being deployed on the hosts they monitor. In this article, we present a new approach to Network Topology Discovery and Network Inventory Listing using only passive monitoring and scanning techniques. The proposed techniques rely solely on the event logs produced by the hosts and network devices present within a network. Finally, we discuss some of the advantages and disadvantages of our approach.

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  1. Wrapper is defined as an event format that encapsulated the original event. e.g. GELF [15].

    Header is the portion of the event which is common across all events of a particular format. e.g. Syslog [16] header.

    Message is the core information that is to be persisted using the event. e.g. user x logged into system y.

  2. IP address ranges are shown to reduce the size of the graph.

  3. Some ports and hosts were omitted due to size constraints.


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Azodi, A., Cheng, F. & Meinel, C. Event Driven Network Topology Discovery and Inventory Listing Using REAMS. Wireless Pers Commun 94, 415–430 (2017).

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  • Network topology
  • Inventory systems
  • Network monitoring
  • Network graph
  • Service detection
  • Event processing
  • Event normalization