SKALD: A Scalable Architecture for Feature Extraction, Multi-User Analysis, and Real-Time Information Sharing

George Webster*, Zachary Hanif, Andre Ludwig, Tamas Lengyel, Apostolis Zarras, Claudia Eckert

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The inability of existing architectures to allow corporations to quickly process information at scale and share knowledge with peers makes it difficult for malware analysis researchers to present a clear picture of criminal activity. Hence, analysis is limited in effectively and accurately identify the full scale of adversaries' activities and develop effective mitigation strategies. In this paper, we present SKALD: a novel architecture which guides the creation of analysis systems to support the research of malicious activities plaguing computer systems. Our design provides the scalability, flexibility, and robustness needed to process current and future volumes of data. We show that our prototype is able to process millions of samples in only few milliseconds per sample with zero critical errors. Additionally, SKALD enables the development of new methodologies for information sharing, enabling analysis across collective knowledge. Consequently, defenders can perform accurate investigations and real-time discovery, while reducing mitigation time and infrastructure cost.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th International Conference on Information Security (ISC)
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

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