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Machine Learning to Automate Network Segregation for Enhanced Security in Industry 4.0

Saghezchi, F. ; Mantas, G. ; Ribeiro, JCR ; Esfahani, A. ; Alizadeh, H. ; Bastos, J. B. ; Rodriguez, J.

Machine Learning to Automate Network Segregation for Enhanced Security in Industry 4.0, Proc International Conference on Broadband Communications, Networks and Systems, Faro, Portugal, Vol. , pp. - , September, 2018.

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The heavy reliance of Industry 4.0 on emerging communication technologies, notably Industrial Internet-of-Things (IIoT) and Machine-Type Communications (MTC), and the increasing exposure of these traditionally isolated infrastructures to the Internet, are tremendously increasing the attack surface. Network segregation is a viable solution to address this problem. It essentially splits the network into several logical groups (subnetworks) and enforces adequate security policy on each segment, e.g., restricting unnecessary intergroup communications or controlling the access. However, existing segregation techniques primarily depend on manual configurations, which renders them inefficient for cyber-physical production systems because they are highly complex and heterogeneous environments with massive number of communicating machines. In this paper, we incorporate machine learning to automate network segregation, by efficiently classifying network end-devices into several groups through examining the traffic patterns that they generate. For performance evaluation, we analysed the data collected from a large segment of Infineon’s network in the context of the EU funded ECSEL-JU project “SemI40”. In particular, we applied feature selection and trained several supervised learning algorithms. Test results, using 10-fold cross validation, revealed that the algorithms generalise very well and achieve an accuracy up to 99.4%.