The strategic implications of the current Internet design for cyber security
Author(s)Iheagwara, Charles M
System Design and Management Program.
James M. Utterback.
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In the last two decades, the Internet system has evolved from a collection point of a few networks to a worldwide interconnection of millions of networks and users who connect to transact virtually all kinds of business. The evolved network system is also known as Cyberspace. The use of Cyberspace is now greatly expanded to all fields of human endeavor by far exceeding the original design projection. And even though, the Internet architecture and design has been robust enough to accommodate the extended domains of uses and applications, it has also become a medium used to launch all sorts of Cyber attacks that results into several undesirable consequences to users. This thesis analyzes the current Internet system architecture and design and how their flaws are exploited to launch Cyber attacks; evaluates reports from Internet traffic monitoring activities and research reports from several organizations; provides a mapping of Cyber attacks to Internet architecture and design flaw origin; conducts Internet system stakeholder analysis; derives strategic implications of the impact of Internet system weaknesses on Cyber security; and makes recommendations on the broader issues of developing effective strategies to implement Cyber security in enterprise systems that have increasingly become complex. From a global architectural design perspective, the study conducted demonstrates that although the Internet is a robust design, the lack of any means of authentication on the system is primarily responsible for the host of Cyber security issues and thus has become the bane of the system. Following the analysis, extrapolation of facts and by inferences we conclude that the myriad of Cyber security problems will remain and continue on the current exponential growth path until the Internet and in particular the TCP/IP stack is given the ability to authenticate and that only through a collaborative effort by all stakeholders of the Internet system can the other major Cyber security issues be resolved especially as it relates to envisioning and fashioning new Cyber security centric technologies.
Thesis (S.M. in Engineering and Management)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Engineering Systems Division, System Design and Management Program, 2011.Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (p. 87-89).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Engineering Systems Division.; System Design and Management Program.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Engineering Systems Division., System Design and Management Program.