Intrusion Detection in Industrial Networks via Data Streaming
Book chapter, 2020

Given the increasing threat surface of industrial networks due to distributed, Internet-of-Things (IoT) based system architectures, detecting intrusions in  Industrial IoT (IIoT) systems is all the more important, due to the safety implications of potential threats. The continuously generated data in such systems form both a challenge but also a possibility: data volumes/rates are high and require processing and communication capacity but they contain information useful for system operation and for detection of unwanted situations.
In this chapter we explain that  stream processing (a.k.a. data streaming) is an emerging useful approach both for general applications and for intrusion detection in particular, especially since it can enable data analysis to be carried out in the continuum of edge-fog-cloud distributed architectures of industrial networks, thus reducing communication latency and gradually filtering and aggregating data volumes. We argue that usefulness stems also due to  facilitating provisioning of agile responses, i.e. due to potentially smaller latency for intrusion detection and hence also improved possibilities for intrusion mitigation. In the chapter we outline architectural features of IIoT networks, potential threats and examples of state-of-the art intrusion detection methodologies. Moreover, we give an overview of how leveraging distributed and parallel execution of streaming applications in industrial setups can influence the possibilities of protecting these systems. In these contexts, we give examples using electricity networks (a.k.a. Smart Grid systems).
We conclude that future industrial networks, especially their Intrusion Detection Systems (IDSs), should take advantage of data streaming concept by decoupling semantics from the deployment.

data streaming

intrusion detection

edge computing


Ismail Butun

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers), Networks and Systems (Chalmers)

Magnus Almgren

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers), Networks and Systems (Chalmers)

Vincenzo Massimiliano Gulisano

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers), Networks and Systems (Chalmers)

Marina Papatriantafilou

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers), Networks and Systems (Chalmers)

Industrial IoT: Challenges, Design Principles, Applications, and Security

978-3-030-42499-2 (ISBN)

Integrated cyber-physical solutions for intelligent distribution grid with high penetration of renewables (UNITED-GRID)

European Commission (EC) (EC/H2020/773717), 2017-11-01 -- 2020-04-30.

Resilient Information and Control Systems (RICS)

Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (2015-828), 2015-09-01 -- 2020-08-31.

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Computer Engineering

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Computer Systems

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Information and Communication Technology

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