Using Multilayer Perceptron in Computer Security to Improve Intrusion Detection

  • Flora AmatoEmail author
  • Giovanni Cozzolino
  • Antonino Mazzeo
  • Emilio Vivenzio
Conference paper
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 76)


Nowadays computer and network security has become a major cause of concern for experts community, due to the growing number of devices connected to the network. For this reason, optimizing the performance of systems able to detect intrusions (IDS - Intrusion Detection System) is a goal of common interest. This paper presents a methodology to classify hacking attacks taking advantage of the generalization property of neural networks. In particular, in this work we adopt the multilayer perceptron (MLP) model with the back-propagation algorithm and the sigmoidal activation function. We analyse the results obtained using different configurations for the neural network, varying the number of hidden layers and the number of training epochs in order to obtain a low number of false positives. The obtained results will be presented in terms of type of attacks and training epochs and we will show that the best classification is carried out for DOS and Probe attacks.


Network security Intrusion detection Multilayer perceptron Machine learning Neural networks 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Flora Amato
    • 1
    Email author
  • Giovanni Cozzolino
    • 1
  • Antonino Mazzeo
    • 1
  • Emilio Vivenzio
    • 1
  1. 1.DIETI - Dipartimento di Ingegneria Elettrica E Tecnologie Dell’InformazioneUniversità degli studi di Napoli “Federico II”NaplesItaly

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