Collecting cyberattack data for industrial control systems using honeypots
Rowe, Neil C.
Nguyen, Thuy D.
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Operational technology, information technology for industrial control systems, has advanced more slowly in security than other kinds of information technology. To aid the discovery of indicators of compromise for industrial control systems, this thesis tested a specialized honeypot, Conpot. Conpot is an open-source low-interaction honeypot that simulates an industrial control system such as a power plant and collects information on cyberattacks. We created parsers to extract its log data for use as indicators of compromise. Conpot provided information such as Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, transmission control protocol or user datagram protocol (TCP/UDP) ports, and basic protocol-specific data. While this was useful for identifying the protocols most frequently attacked and the countries of origin of attacks, we recommend using a high-interaction honeypot to generate more effective indicators of compromise.
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