Publication Date



Open access

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Electrical and Computer Engineering (Engineering)

Date of Defense


First Committee Member

Mei-Ling Shyu

Second Committee Member

Moiez Tapia

Third Committee Member

Shu-Ching Chen


The increasing number of network security related incidents has made it necessary for the organizations to actively protect their sensitive data with network intrusion detection systems (IDSs). Detecting intrusion in a distributed network from outside network segment as well as from inside is a difficult problem. IDSs are expected to analyze a large volume of data while not placing a significant added load on the monitoring systems and networks. This requires good data mining strategies which take less time and give accurate results. In this study, a novel hybrid layered multiagent-based intrusion detection system is created, particularly with the support of a multi-class supervised classification technique. In agent-based IDS, there is no central control and therefore no central point of failure. Agents can detect and take predefined actions against malicious activities, which can be detected with the help of data mining techniques. The proposed IDS shows superior performance compared to central sniffing IDS techniques, and saves network resources compared to other distributed IDSs with mobile agents that activate too many sniffers causing bottlenecks in the network. This is one of the major motivations to use a distributed model based on a multiagent platform along with a supervised classification technique. Applying multiagent technology to the management of network security is a challenging task since it requires the management on different time instances and has many interactions. To facilitate information exchange between different agents in the proposed hybrid layered multiagent architecture, a low cost and low response time agent communication protocol is developed to tackle the issues typically associated with a distributed multiagent system, such as poor system performance, excessive processing power requirement, and long delays. The bandwidth and response time performance of the proposed end-to-end system is investigated through the simulation of the proposed agent communication protocol on our private LAN testbed called Hierarchical Agent Network for Intrusion Detection Systems (HAN-IDS). The simulation results show that this system is efficient and extensible since it consumes negligible bandwidth with low cost and low response time on the network.


Agent And Data Mining Integration; Hybrid Agent Architectures; Agent Communication; Intrusion Detection System; Agent Technology