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Hasan Alkahtani, Theyazn H. H. Aldhyani, "Intrusion Detection System to Advance Internet of Things Infrastructure-Based Deep Learning Algorithms", Complexity, vol. 2021, Article ID 5579851, 18 pages, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1155/2021/5579851
Intrusion Detection System to Advance Internet of Things Infrastructure-Based Deep Learning Algorithms
Smart grids, advanced information technology, have become the favored intrusion targets due to the Internet of Things (IoT) using sensor devices to collect data from a smart grid environment. These data are sent to the cloud, which is a huge network of super servers that provides different services to different smart infrastructures, such as smart homes and smart buildings. These can provide a large space for attackers to launch destructive cyberattacks. The novelty of this proposed research is the development of a robust framework system for detecting intrusions based on the IoT environment. An IoTID20 dataset attack was employed to develop the proposed system; it is a newly generated dataset from the IoT infrastructure. In this framework, three advanced deep learning algorithms were applied to classify the intrusion: a convolution neural network (CNN), a long short-term memory (LSTM), and a hybrid convolution neural network with the long short-term memory (CNN-LSTM) model. The complexity of the network dataset was dimensionality reduced, and to improve the proposed system, the particle swarm optimization method (PSO) was used to select relevant features from the network dataset. The obtained features were processed using deep learning algorithms. The experimental results showed that the proposed systems achieved accuracy as follows: CNN = 96.60%, LSTM = 99.82%, and CNN-LSTM = 98.80%. The proposed framework attained the desired performance on a new variable dataset, and the system will be implemented in our university IoT environment. The results of comparative predictions between the proposed framework and existing systems showed that the proposed system more efficiently and effectively enhanced the security of the IoT environment from attacks. The experimental results confirmed that the proposed framework based on deep learning algorithms for an intrusion detection system can effectively detect real-world attacks and is capable of enhancing the security of the IoT environment.
Currently, there are more than 25 billion devices connected to the Internet worldwide, three times as many human beings [1–3]. The Internet of Things (IoT) is based on interconnected smart devices, and different services are used to integrate them into a single network. This allows the smart devices to gather sensitive information and carry out important functions, and these devices connect and communicate with each other at high speeds and make decisions according to indicator information. The IoT environment uses cloud services as a backend for processing information and maintaining remote control. Client users use mobile applications or web services to access data and control the devices. The IoT infrastructure uses large numbers of sensors to extract significant information, and this information is analyzed by artificial intelligence algorithms [4, 5].
Intrusion detection systems (IDSs) are the technical, regulatory, and administrative means used to prevent unauthorized use, abuse, and recovery of electronic information and communication systems and the information they contain, aimed at ensuring the availability and continuity of the work of the information systems and enhancing the protection, confidentiality, and privacy of personal data by taking all measures. Cybersecurity is the practice of defending computers, servers, mobile devices, electronic systems, networks, and data from malicious attacks. It is also known as information technology security [6–9]. These intrusions incorporate field of research control systems by controlling an alteration of the document system, heightening benefits, making unapproved logins, accessing sensitive records, and using malware (e.g., infections, Trojan horses, and worms), which can change the condition of the network. Network intrusions occur due to approaching packets in the network system to perform behaviors, such as denial of service (DoS) attacks or even attempts to be split into the system. DoS attacks are attempts to make PC assets unapproachable by their planned clients, for example, land attacks, ping of death (POD), and flood attacks. Indications of intrusions incorporating abnormal outcomes while executing different client charges are exemplified by moderate system execution, and sudden system crashes and changes in parts of information structures are, bizarrely, moderate system implementations (e.g., opening records or accessing sites).
Attackers exploit unknown vulnerabilities and bypass known signatures. The IoT environment is based on a smart grid that uses sensor devices, and these devices connect to each other to pass information. Figure 1 displays the world population and the number of sensor devices required for protection from attackers. With the exponential growth of IoT use, the IoT has become a smart object of attackers achieving their targets. Therefore, using artificial intelligence based on deep learning algorithms can detect unknown vulnerabilities using sensors devices .
Artificial intelligence is a kind of information-driven approach in which the first step is to understand the data. Various types of data represent specific attack behaviors, including host behaviors and network activities. Server logs reflect host behaviors, and network traffic represents network behaviors. There are several types of attacks, with each having a particular pattern. Therefore, it is important to select suitable data sources to detect various attacks as per the features of the threat. One of the key features of a DoS attack, for example, is to send several packets in a very short time; thus, flow data are ideal for DoS attack detection. A hidden channel includes a data-leaking operation between two different IP addresses and is best suited for session data detection. Therefore, the advance of deep learning algorithms can help detect these network behaviors [11, 12].
Many studies have proposed the development of network security systems, and artificial intelligence plays a primary role in the area of cybersecurity based on IoT for designing an intelligent system for security in the IoT environment. The proposed research aimed to develop an intelligent model that could help secure the IoT structure and devices from threats. Currently, most companies and organizations have undergone digital transformations through IoT devices. However, this has created new complexities and vulnerabilities that, once cybercriminals learn about them, can be quickly exploited. Jokar et al.  developed classification algorithms to detect abnormal electricity consumption. Alseiari et al.  used soft computing based on clustering technology to monitor network traffic in advanced metering infrastructure (AMI). Vijayanand et al.  applied a support vector machine (SVM) based on a multiclass to detect the IDS, where decision tree algorithms gave very powerful results compared with an SVM proposed by Jindal et al. . Boumkheld et al.  used a traditional machine learning algorithm over a naive Bayesian network to test the ability of this algorithm to detect IDS. Zigbee-based Q-learning was proposed by Jokar et al.  to protect networks from intrusion, who found it the best strategy for monitoring system attacks. Hasan et al.  proposed a hybrid convolution neural network (CNN) with long short-term memory (LSTM) to classify the characteristics of electricity information, and the use of a hierarchy to select significant features from intrusion detection networks was proposed by Wang et al. . CNN and LSTM algorithms have been applied to detect attacks . Ullah et al.  introduced a hybrid deep neural network to detect intrusion by combining a CNN and a gated recursive unit. A particle swarm optimization (PSO) algorithm has been used to select significant features from data, and a developing system can automatically perform the processes of selecting features and classifications. In Liu et al.’s  research, a CNN algorithm was applied to identify attacks, and it was noted that deep learning based on the CNN improved the system. Xiao et al.  adopted an autoencoder to reduce the dimension of the intrusion detection data to decrease the interference of redundant features; these features were processed using a CNN to classify the attacks. Yang et al.  used a CNN to detect intrusion for improved extraction of features across layers, and feature fusion has been used to obtain comprehensive features. Yang et al.  developed a system to secure the IoT in the healthcare environment; it controlled traffic and made the healthcare environment smarter. Furthermore, security methods have been developed for IoT systems, as described in [27–29]. Other algorithms applied as solutions for the security of DNP3 traffic include statistical approaches and machine learning [30, 31]. Keliris et al.  used the support vector machine (SVM) algorithm for classification intrusion, and it was noted that the SVM performed well. It has been suggested that a detection system using machine learning techniques in power systems would be feasible for detecting malicious states . Arrignton et al. introduced a machine learning algorithm based on anomaly based intrusion detection for the protection of IoT devices. Liu et al.  developed an IDS using suppressed fuzzy clustering and principal component analysis (PCA) algorithms. Kasinathan et al.  developed a system signature-based IDS for low-power wireless personal area network (6LoWPAN)-based IoT networks; this system aimed to detect DoS attacks with the highest accuracy. Danda et al.  designed a host-based IDS for the security of IoT network devices using rule-based detection.
Cho et al.  proposed machine leaning algorithms to detect the botnet attacks at hosts and network levels on the IoT environment. The feature selection method was presented to select the features of malicious attack behaviors. Diro and Chilamkurti  introduced the deep learning to classify the intrusion from host level in IoT. Cruz et al.  proposed the intelligent mechanism model to detect the intrusion based on the decision making method moreover and developed recurrent neural network (RNN) to improve the previous model .
Currently, artificial intelligence based on machine learning and deep learning algorithms for data-processing capabilities provide the most effective value to the area of cyber defense by uncovering patterns, shapes, and outliers that indicate potential incidents, even if these solutions do not align with known attack patterns . An IDS is a commonly used security tool for protecting and mitigating the IoT and its infrastructure from unseen and unpredictable intrusions. There are few studies on IDSs in the IoT based on artificial intelligence; therefore, developing a framework and achieving optimal results are the biggest challenges due to the network data having imbalanced data. Our target was to develop a secure, movable framework for securing large IoT networks. Here, we present advanced artificial intelligence, such as deep learning models, namely, CNN, LSTM, and combined CNN-LSTM algorithms. We have significantly expanded the framework to integrate a deep learning algorithm to familiarize it with changing threats to the IoT network for anomaly detection. The main contributions of this study are as follows:(1)Use of advanced artificial intelligence algorithms such as CNN, LSTM, and a hybrid CNN-LSTM to develop a system to detect intrusions into the IoT environment.(2)The proposed system was developed using IoT network data that are not commonly used; this dataset was generated in 2020 and was the biggest challenge for developing a robust framework.(3)The proposed system was compared with a research article that developed these data. It was noted that the results of our system were outperformed.
2. Materials and Methods
Figure 2 displays the framework of the proposed system for detecting IoT environment intrusions. The proposed system is composed by some phases to evaluate for obtaining the best accuracy. The components of the proposed system are described in the following sections.
2.1. IoTID20 Dataset Attack
For this experiment, an IoTID20 dataset attack was conducted to test the proposed framework. The IoTID20 dataset was collected from IoT devices and interconnecting structures; the IoT devices were connected to or installed in a smart home environment, such as SKTNGU and EZVIZ Wi-Fi cameras, to create the IoTID20 dataset. Figure 3 shows the environment of the IoTID20 dataset; the laptops, tablets, and smartphone devices were connected by Wi-Fi to the smart home router. The SKT NGU and EZVIZ Wi-Fi cameras were IoT victim devices, and all other devices in the testbed were the attacking devices.
The newly developed IoTID20 dataset was adopted from Pcap files available online. The dataset contained 80 features and two main label attacks and normal. The IoTID20 dataset attack was generated in 2020. Figure 2 shows the IoT environment of the generated IoTID20 dataset. Table 1 displays all the types of IoTID20 dataset attacks, and the numbers of features for each class label are presented in Figure 4. This dataset was obtained from Kaggle https://sites.google.com/view/iot-network-intrusion-dataset/home.
2.2. Particle Swarm Optimization Method
Preprocessing is a very important stage for improving classification algorithms. IoT data have various types of formats and dimensionality; therefore, dimensionality reduction was necessary to select significant features from the data. The PSO method has been suggested for handling important features from network datasets for detecting malicious attacks. PSO is a population-based computation intelligence method suggested by Eberhat and Kennedy , and it is an operative and respected global search system . The PSO algorithm is called a reasonable algorithm because of its simple feature coding, global search, computational reasonability, fewer parameters, and less demanding execution to address and select important feature problems . PSO is used to find important features. Figure 5 shows the particles swarm optimization algorithm steps for selecting significant features from an intrusion network dataset. PSO uses the principal space method for searching space using a subset of primary components that have explored and selected features. For the PSO method, particles are used to represent solutions from the population in the search space particles, which is called a swarm. To generate the particles by distributing 1 and 0 randomly, in the particle, if the principal component is 1, the particle is chosen for another side, and if the particle component is 0, then it is ignored. To make the PSO more powerful, it works randomly and travels in the search space to search for an obtained optimal subset of features by updating their position and velocity. The place of particle i and its rapidity are shown in the following equations:where D indicates the search space of the particle. Equation (3) was used to calculate the velocity and position for search space as follows:where d is the dimension in the search space, t denotes the iteration in the process for search space, is the inertia weight, c1 and c2 are acceleration constants, r1i and r2i are random values distributed in 0 and 1, and pid and pgd represent the pbest and in dimension space in the search space. The values of location and rapidity in each particle are updated until they obtain the best features. Then, the condition is stopped when the iteration reaches the maximum number and obtains satisfactory fitness values.
The IoTID20 dataset was very big, with around 6,332,562 instances for improving the deep learning algorithms. The PSO algorithm was proposed for handling dimensionality reduction. Twenty-one of the most significant features were selected to develop the system. The PSO method used position and velocity for searching the best road to obtain appropriate features from the dataset. We used Iteration 19 , and the value of fitness was 90.666351, whereas Iteration 20 was used for and the value of fitness was 90.666351. The significant features obtained using the PSO method are presented in Table 2 (Algorithm 1).
2.3. Correlation Analysis
Pearson’s correlation coefficient method was applied to analyze the correlation between the selected features and classes (normal and attacks) for approving the significant subset feature as follows:where R is Pearson’s correlation coefficient approach, x is training input values of the features, y is input values of classes (normal and attack), and n is total number of input variables.
Table 3 summaries Pearson’s correlation coefficient method, and it was employed to evaluate and examine the selected features by using the PSO method. It is noted that all 20 features have optimal correlation with normal class. However, the features, namely, Fwd_Byts/b_Avg and Bwd_Byts/b_Avg have strongest relationship (R = 100%) with normal class. Overall, all the features have good relationship with normal class.
Table 4 shows Pearson’s correlation coefficient method for finding the relationship between the most significant features obtained from the PSO method with attack class. It is noted that the Fwd_PSH_Flags, Fwd_Byts/b_Avg, and Bwd_Pkts/b_Avg features obtained R = 100% whereas FIN_Flag_Cnt, RST_Flag_Cnt, CWE_Flag_Count, and ECE_Flag_Cnt features have obtained R = 99.0%. We have approved that selected features by employing the PSO method were appropriated for enhancing the intrusion detection system.
2.4. Deep Learning Algorithms
In this section, the three advanced deep learning algorithms are presented: CNN, LSTM, and CNN-LSTM.
2.4.1. Convolution Neural Network
Deep neural networks are part of artificial neural networks (ANNs) with multilayers. Over the last few decades, ANNs have been considered to be some of the most powerful algorithms for handling many real-time applications . Deep learning algorithms use many deeper hidden layers to surpass classical ANN methods. [46, 47]. A convolutional neural network is one of the most popular deep neural network algorithms, and it is named convolution by using mathematical linear operation between matrices. Our proposed CNN comprised five main layers: input, convolution, polling, FC, and output. Figure 6 shows the structure of the CNN model used to develop the IoT cybersecurity system.
To extract features from cybersecurity-based IoT data, convolution layers were used. The convolution layers had multiple convolution kernels, composed of the weight of the kernels. The convolution kernel is , the weight coefficient is indicated by , and the deviation quantity is . The input convolution layer is , and the convolution layer was processed using equation (5).where is the output convolution l, is the convolution kernel, is the convolution operation, and is the activation function.
The convolution kernel was used to pass the IoT training data into max pooling for the extraction of the characteristics of the IoT network data. The extracted features were transferred into the output layer using the tanh function. It was noted that the tanh function was an appropriate activation function for designing the system.where is the function and is the training input data.where is the output results from the IoT cybersecurity dataset, is the pooling region, is the operation, and is the element of the pooling.
The softmax function was used to calculate the probability distribution of an N-dimensional vector. The main purpose of using softmax at the output layer was for the multiclass classification method used in machine learning algorithms, deep learning, and data science. The correct calculation of the output probability helps determine the proper target class for the input dataset, and the probabilities of the maximum values are increased using an exponential element. The softmax equation is shown in the following equation:where i and zi are the output from pervious layers, Oi indicates the output of softmax function, and M is the total number of output nodes.
2.4.2. Long Short-Term Memory Recurrent Neural Network
The recurrent neural network (RNN) is an advanced artificial intelligence algorithm used in many real-life applications. A traditional RNN was applied to predict the temporal training data, but it faced difficulties when handling gradient explosion data. To solve this issue, the LSTM model was proposed. The LSTM model used a memory function to replace the hidden RNN unit. Figure 7 displays the structure of the LSTM model for detecting intrusions from the IoT network dataset. The LSTM model consisted of three important gates: the forget, input, and output gates .
The forget gate was used to find forgotten information, where is the input data, and the interval number of the output gate is [0, 1], where 0 indicates “completely discarded” and 1 indicates “completely retained.” The current state is represented by where is input training data, and input to the previous cell is presented by . The forget gate is indicated by , the significant parameters of the LSTM are weight , and is bias. The input gate was used to update the information using two functions, namely, sigma and tanh. The sigma function was employed to determine what information needed updating, whereas the tanh function generated information for updating.
When the cell state is the cell state from the previous cell, which was used to update by using cell state , the new information must be discarded, and . and . are combined to obtain the next cell state as follows:where is the output gate and the weight vector of the neural network is represented by W, U, and V. The sigma function was used to find which information would be the output, and tanh was employed to propose the cell state and declare the final output.
2.4.3. Combined CNN-LSTM Network
We proposed combining two advanced deep learning algorithms to detect intrusion from an IoT network dataset. A hybrid model was designed to automatically detect the attacks, and the structure of the proposed model is presented in Figure 8. The architecture was developed by combining two deep learning models, namely, the CNN and LSTM networks, whereas the CNN algorithm was used to process the significant features obtained from the PSO method with the size of 20 × 625,783 to extract new complex features. A convolutional layer size of three kernels was used to extract the complex features, and tanh activation was proposed to transfer the data. A two-kernel max pool was used for dimension reduction, and we mapped the features to the LSTM model for the extraction of new time information. After the LSTM time information was extracted, the fusion features were fully connected for use in the classification process. The softmax was proposed to detect attacks from the IoT network data.
In this section, results of the proposed formwork for detection intrusion are presented.
3.1. Experiment Environment Setup
The proposed research was completed using different software and hardware environments. Table 5 shows the requirements used to develop the proposed system. It was noted that these requirements were suitable for training the big data.
Significant parameters used for the development of the deep learning algorithm are presented in Table 6. The kernel convolution was three, and the dropout was 50%. Moreover, the experiment epochs were 10 due to the big data. We used the tanh function for the activation function for both models.
3.2. Evaluation Metrics
Sensitivity, specificity, precision, recall, and F1-score evaluation metrics were proposed to test and evaluate the framework. The equations are defined as follows:where TP is true positive, FP is false positive, TN is true negative, and FN is false negative.
3.3. Results and Discussion
The experiments were conducted using a real IoT based on cybersecurity network data, and three advanced artificial intelligence models, namely, CNN, LSTM, and CNN-LSTM, were proposed to classify the attacks from the IoT network dataset. Experiments for developing a robust IoT cybersecurity system for detecting intrusions have been presented. The PSO method was applied to deal with dimensionality reduction and improve the classification process. Among the 81 features, we selected 21 as the most significant features for processing the data to detect the intrusions. It was noted that the proposed method was very robust when using the PSO method.
The numbers of false positives, false negatives, true positives, and true negatives were reported using a confusion matrix. In this research, we had to deal with big data (the total data were 625,783 instances, and the training data were 438,048 instances, whereas the total testing was 187,735 instances). Figure 9 shows the size of sample for training and testing. Table 7 shows the results of the confusion matrix obtained from the proposed system. Figure 10 shows the confusion matrix of the proposed system, and the confusion matrix of the combined CNN-LSTM model is presented in Figure 11.
To validate the proposed system, we divided the dataset into 70% training and 30% testing. Three experiments were conducted using different algorithms, namely, CNN, LSTM, and CNN-LSTM, to detect the intrusions. Table 8 demonstrates the results of the proposed model, and it was noted that the LSTM algorithm obtained a slightly higher accuracy compared with the CNN and CNN-LSTM models.
From the evaluation of the deep learning models of the two classes of normal and attacks obtained from the confusion metrics, the empirical results for the LSTM model showed a slightly better performance: the LSTM model results were 98.84%, 99.60%, 77.72%, 99.00%, and 98.82% with respect to precision, sensitivity, specificity, F1-score, and accuracy, respectively. Overall, the deep learning algorithms achieved optimal results for detecting intrusions from the IoT network data. Figure 12 displays the training loss of the deep learning algorithms; it shows the relationship between training loss and the number of epochs in the proposed framework. It was noted that training loss gradually decreased when the training loss increased, and the proposed system of 10 epochs was suitable. The training loss and number of epochs for the combined model are presented in Figure 13.
The proposed system was validated by dividing the dataset into 30% testing, and the accuracy performances of the CNN and LSTM algorithms are presented in Figure 14. The performance of the combined CNN-LSTM model is presented in Figure 15. The three deep learning algorithms performed differently when detecting intrusions based on the IoT dataset. The CNN algorithm achieved 96% accuracy and the LSTM achieved 98% accuracy, whereas the combined CNN-LSTM model attained 98% accuracy. It was observed that the LSTM model was slightly better than the CNN and the combined CNN-LSTM models. Overall, it was noted that both classifications achieved better results due to the dataset having the highest dimensionality, and we found that the system was able to handle this and improve the performance of systems.
The proposed methodology was compared with research work that generated these data by Ullah et al. , who proposed a machine learning algorithm, namely, SVM and Gaussian Naïve bays (NB), linear discriminant analysis (LDA), and decision and random forest to detect intrusion from the IoT environment. The Shapiro–Wilk algorithm was used to select the significant features from the entire dataset, the LDA, the decision tree, the random forest, and the ensemble. It was noted that 10 features were the most significant features that enhanced the classification algorithm to attain good results. They used cross-validations 3, 5, and 10 to validate their results. Thus, we developed a system based on deep learning algorithms to improve the accuracy of detecting attacks. The PSO method was considered to handle imbalanced data for obtaining significant subset features. We found that our system improved the effectiveness of detecting cyberattacks based on the IoT environment. Table 9 compares the performances of our proposed systems with data from previous studies. The proposed framework yielded superior detection accuracy compared with other machine algorithms (see Figure 16).
We presented the implementation and evaluation of a proposed framework to detect intrusions based on IoT infrastructure. We developed a robust system using advanced artificial intelligence algorithms, namely, CNN, LSTM, and combined CNN-LSTM. For computation intelligence, PSO was employed to derive subset features from the entire dataset. The selected subset features were processed using a classification algorithm. We made the following conclusions: The novel proposed system was evaluated and developed using a new real standard dataset generated from the IoT environment. This was a big challenge to developing the system. Advanced deep learning algorithms, namely, CNN, LSTM, and CNN-LSTM, were applied for the automatic classification of the intrusions. The experimental results of the proposed system were superior to a research article that generated the dataset, and the robustness and efficiency of the proposed model will be implemented in our university IoT infrastructure.
The IoTID20 dataset supporting the study was obtained from Kaggle https://sites.Google.com/view/iot-network-intrusion-dataset/home. The newly developed IoTID20 dataset was adopted from Pcap files available online. The dataset contained 80 features and two main label attacks and normal. The IoTID20 dataset attack was generated in 2020. Figure 2 shows the IoT environment of the generated IoTID20 dataset. Table 1 displays all the types of IoTID20 dataset attacks, and the numbers of features for each class label are presented in Figure 4.
Conflicts of Interest
The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.
The authors extend their appreciation to the Deanship of Scientific Research at King Faisal University for funding this research work and APC through the project number no. 206068.
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