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NSYSU Collaborates with Japan NICT to Detect Network Attacks
Publish date : 2017-04-26
Modern technology has become an inseparable part of our daily lives, and how to improve the security prediction is a major issue in the field of information security. NSYSU Office of Library and Information Services (LIS) has introduced the Network Incident analysis Center for Tactical Emergency Response (NICTER) to NSYSU in collaboration with Japan Cybersecurity Research Institute of National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), hoping to enhance the ability of information security defense. Dr. Chun-I Fan, Vice President for Library and Information Services, representing NSYSU, formed a strategic alliance with NICT representatives, senior researchers Ban Tao and Takeshi Takahashi. Yaichiro Takagi, the Japanese technical researcher, assisted with the installation of the system and engaged in technical exchanges with the NSYSU LIS staff.

With the advance in information and communications technology, network attacks have become the biggest threat to information security and the types of attacks vary and evolve daily. An expert in information security, Chun-I Fan attended an international information security conference in Japan last year and visited the Cybersecurity Research Institute at NICT. During his visit, Fan evaluated the possibility of applying the NICT system into NSYSU’s internet structure. After forming the alliance, the NICTER and Direct Alert Environment for Darknet And Livenet Unified Security (DAEDALUS) are imported to NSYSU. The DAEDALUS system allows real-time surveillance and analysis, monitors the darknet, and prevents attacks from IP addresses that are currently not used. The surveillance function also improves network monitoring.

NICT’s NICTER monitors the traffic of the darknet and observes the collaborating institutions through visual monitoring. If the system detects network attacks, it will immediately send an alert so that the institution may perform network security protection. Under the assistance of NICTER team, NSYSU has set up servers and started to send the network traffic packets to Japan, where information will be analyzed and the results will be synced back to the NSYSU monitoring host. The whole process is in real-time. Numerous countries and educational institutions have aligned with NICT and imported the system. Through the exchange of network packets, more information on network attacks will be obtained to facilitate international collaboration on information security defense.

Fan expressed that through the collaboration, NSYSU hopes to improve the expertise of LIS by technical exchange and to strengthen international ties. In the future, NSYSU will continuously maintain contact with NICT to develop new technology and achieve a fresh outlook for NSYSU LIS.
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