Few-Shot Learning-Based Network Intrusion Detection through an Enhanced Parallelized Triplet Network

Jiyu Tian, Zumin Wang, Hui Fang, Li-Ming Chen, Jing Qin, Jie Chen, Zhihe Wang

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Network intrusion detection is one of the critical techniques to enhance cybersecurity. Several few-shot learning-based methods have recently been proposed to alleviate the dependence on large training samples in many supervised learning methods. However, it is still a challenge to achieve real-time higher-accuracy intrusion detection which is an essential requirement for high-speed network security. In this study, we propose a novel few-shot learning-based network intrusion detection method to address this challenge. Specifically, we improve the detection accuracy and real-time processing speed simultaneously in the metric procedure via two mechanisms: (i) we utilize a hard sample selection scheme as a refining stage of our triplet network model training to increase the detection accuracy; and (ii) we design a lightweight embedding network and parallelize the metric feature extraction process to achieve real-time analysis speed. To evaluate the proposed method, we construct few-shot learning-based datasets by using two real and heterogeneous network traffic intrusion detection data sources. Extensive results demonstrate that our method outperforms the state-of-the-art methods in terms of real-time performance and high detection accuracy of malicious samples.
Original languageEnglish
Article number3317048
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalSecurity and Communication Networks
Early online date25 Dec 2022
Publication statusPublished online - 25 Dec 2022

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Youth Fund Project of the National Nature Fund of China under grant no. 62002038.

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© 2022 Ji-Yu Tian et al.


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