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Application-level simulation for network security

AuthorStephan Schmidt, Rainer Bye, Joel Chinnow, Karsten Bsufka, Ahmet Camtepe, Sahin Albayrak
SourceSimulation: Transactions of The Society for Modeling and Simulation International 
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NeSSi (Network Security Simulator) is a novel network simulation tool which incorporates a variety of features relevant to network security distinguishing it from general-purpose network simulators. Its capabilities such as profile-based automated attack generation, traffic analysis and support for detection algorithm plugins allow it to be used for security research and evaluation purposes. NeSSi has been successfully used for testing intrusion detection algorithms, conducting network security analysis, and developing overlay security frameworks. NeSSi is built upon the agent framework JIAC [1], resulting in a distributed and extensible architecture. In this paper, we provide an overview of the NeSSi architecture as well as its distinguishing features and briefly demonstrate its application in current security research projects