Evaluating the performance of machine learning algorithms for network intrusion detection systems in the internet of things infrastructure

  • Authors

    • Yaser M. Banadaki Southern University
  • Network Intrusion Detection Systems, Machine Learning Algorithms, Internet-of-Things, Malicious Cyberattacks, Network Traffic.
  • As numerous Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices are deploying on a daily basis, network intrusion detection systems (NIDS) are among the most critical tools to ensure the protection and security of networks against malicious cyberattacks. This paper employs four machine learning algorithms: XGBoost, random forest, decision tree, and gradient boosting, and evaluates their performance in NIDS, considering the accuracy, precision, recall, and F-score. The comparative analysis conducted using the CICIDS2017 dataset reveals that the XGBoost performs better than the other algorithms reaching the predicted accuracy of 99.6% in detecting cyberattacks. XGBoost-based attack detectors also have the largest weighted metrics of F1-score, precision, and recall. The paper also studies the effect of class imbalance and the size of the normal and attack classes. The small numbers of some attacks in training datasets mislead the classifier to bias towards the majority classes resulting in a bottleneck to improving macro recall and macro F1 score. The results assist the network engineers in choosing the most effective machine learning-based NIDS to ensure network security for today’s growing IoT network traffic.


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    M. Banadaki, Y. (2020). Evaluating the performance of machine learning algorithms for network intrusion detection systems in the internet of things infrastructure. Journal of Advanced Computer Science & Technology, 9(1), 14-20. https://doi.org/10.14419/jacst.v9i1.30992