Cybersecurity Firm Researches Sonification of DDoS Attacks
What if we could listen in on network traffic instead of just looking at it on graphs?
- By Sydny Shepard
- May 03, 2018
Researchers at cybersecurity firm, Imperva, have taken a deep dive into out-of-the-box ways to identify a problem in a network. More specifically, they set out to see – or rather hear – if attacks can be identified after sonification of network data.
The researchers were inspired by a TED Talk called, “Can We Create New Senses for Humans,” by Dr. David Eagleman. In the presentation, Eagleman discusses the new ways in which technology can change sensory perceptions and evolve the way we experience our reality.
The Imperva researchers took this concept and applied it to their work, asking themselves: “What if we could listen in on network traffic instead of just looking at it on a graph?”
While the researchers dove deeper into this theory, they couldn’t help thinking about how “sonifying” attack alerts using high and low frequencies could play an actual role in the future of security monitoring. While the industry looks for new ways to tackle the issue of information overload, Imperva believes expanding the sensory array could be an idea worth exploring.
See Imperva’s blog post here: https://www.imperva.com/blog/2018/04/sonification-of-ddos-attacks/
Sydny Shepard is the Executive Editor of Campus Security & Life Safety.