HOSPITAL: Host and network system profiler and internet traffic analyzer

Esam Sharafuddin, Nan Jiang, Yu Jin, Zhi-Li Zhang

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The ever-increasing complexity and diversity of the Internet pose several challenges to network operators and administrators and, in general, Internet users. More specifically, because of the diversity in applications and usage patterns; the prevalence of dynamic IP addresses and applications that do not conform to standard configuration (e.g. VoIP to bypass firewalls), monitoring and securing networks and end hosts is no longer a trivial task. In this paper, we propose Host and netwOrk System Profiler and Internet Traffic AnaLysis (HOSPITAL): a tool for the summarization, characterization of traffic and the troubleshooting of potential suspicious activities. HOSPITAL provides the network operator as well as the user with knowledge about applications, communicating parties, services required/provided, etc, at different levels of granularity (e.g. individual hosts, /24 blocks, a large enterprise, etc), all presented concisely with an easy to use web interface. Moreover, HOSPITAL is a light-weight self-contained tool that incurs little overhead with configuration and customization capabilities for users and developers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2010 IEEE Globecom Workshops, GC'10
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781424488650
StatePublished - 2010
Event2010 IEEE Globecom Workshops, GC 2010 - Miami, United States
Duration: Dec 5 2010Dec 10 2010

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Name2010 IEEE Globecom Workshops, GC'10


Conference2010 IEEE Globecom Workshops, GC 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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