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Title:Clustering Systems with Kolmogorov Complexity and MapReduce
Authors:Troisi, Louis R
Serial Number:2011-01
Publication Date:6- 2-2011
Abstract:In the field of value management, an important problem is quantifying the processes and capabilities of an organization's network and the machines within. When the organization is large, ever-changing, and responding to new demands, it is difficult to know at any given time what exactly is being run on the machines. So one could lose track of approved or, worse, not approved or even malicious software, as the machines become employed for various tasks. Moreover, the level of utilization of the machines may affect the maintenance and upkeep of the network. Our goal is to develop a tool that can cluster the machines on a network, in a meaningful way, using different attributes or features, and it does so autonomously, in a efficient and scalable system. The solution developed implements, at it's core, a streaming algorithm that in real-time takes meaningful operating data from a network, compresses it, and sends it to a MapReduce clustering algorithm. The clustering algorithm uses a normalized compression distance to measure the similarity of two machines. The goal for this project was to implement the solution and measure the overall effectiveness of the clusters. The implementation was successful in creating a software tool that can compress, determine the normalized compression distance and cluster the machines. More work however, needs to be done in using our system to extract more quantitative meaning from the clusters generated.
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Title:Initial Report of the Dean's Cyber Warfare Ad Hoc Committee
Authors:Needham, Donald M, Vincent, Patrick J
Serial Number:2011-02
Publication Date:12-22-2011
Abstract:The Department of Defense has substantially increased the emphasis and investment being made to better position the military to operate effectively in a cyber warfare environment. Among the more notable recent developments have been the establishment of a new Cyber Warfare Command (USCYBERCOM) at Fort Meade, the establishment of a new Navy Fleet Cyber Command, as well as the reorganization of the OPNAV staff, merging N2 and N6 into a new information-warfare-centric organization. In reaching its findings, the Cyber Warfare ad hoc Committee analyzed how our sister service academies and civilian undergraduate institutions incorporate cyber warfare concepts into their curricula. The Committee also examined what educations and skills various graduate institutions consider necessary preparation for entry into cyber warfare related curricula at their institutions. The OPNAV and CMC staffs were asked for their perspectives on the education and training that our graduates should receive in order to help the Navy and Marine Corps in this area. This report presents the Committee's results.
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