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Real-time risk analysis : a modern perspective on network security with a prototype

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dc.contributor.advisor Prof. J.H.P. Eloff en_US
dc.contributor.author Venter, Hein S.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-16T10:08:42Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-16T10:08:42Z
dc.date.issued 2012-08-16
dc.date.submitted 1999
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/5995
dc.description M.Sc. en_US
dc.description.abstract The present study was undertaken in a bid within the realm of the existing Internet working environment to meet the need for a more secure network-security process in terms of which possible risks to be incurred by Internet users could be identified and controlled by means of the appropriate countermeasures in real time. On launching the study, however, no such formal risk-analysis model has yet been developed specifically to effect risk analysis in real time. This, then, gave rise to the development of a prototype specifically aimed at the identification of risks that could pose a threat to Internet users' private data — the so-called "Real-time Risk Analysis" (RtRA) prototype. In so doing, the principal aim of the study, namely to implement the RtRA prototype, was realised. Following, an overview of the research method employed to realise the objectives of the study. Firstly, background information on and the preamble to the issues and problems to be addressed were provided, as well as a well-founded motivation for the study. The latter included theoretical studies on current network security and Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP). Secondly, the study of existing TCP/IP packet-intercepting tools available on the Internet brought deeper insight into how TCP/IP packets are to be intercepted and handled. In the third instance, the most recent development in network security — firewalls — came under discussion. The latter technology represents a "super-developed" TCP/IP packet-intercepting tool that implements the best known security measures. In addition, the entire study was based on firewall technology and the model that was developed related directly to firewalls. Fourthly, a prototype, consisting of three main modules, was implemented in a bid to prove that RtRA is indeed tenable and practicable. In so doing, the second module of the prototype, namely the real-time risk-identification and countermeasure-execution module, was given special emphasis. The modus operandi of the said prototype was then illustrated by means of a case study undertaken in a simulated Internet working environment. The study culminated in a summation of the results of and the conclusions reached on the strength of the research. Further problem areas, which could become the focal points of future research projects, were also touched upon. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Internet - Security measures. en_US
dc.subject Computer networks - Security measures. en_US
dc.subject Risk assessment - Data processing. en_US
dc.title Real-time risk analysis : a modern perspective on network security with a prototype en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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