Towards building a masquerade detection method based on user file system navigation
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Given that information is an extremely valuable asset, it is vital to timely detect whether one's computer (session) is being illegally seized by a masquerader. Masquerade detection has been actively studied for more than a decade, especially after the seminal work of Schonlau's group, who suggested that, to profile a user, one should model the history of the commands she would enter into a UNIX session. Schonlau's group have yielded a masquerade dataset, which has been the standard for comparing masquerade detection methods. However, the performance of these methods is not conclusive, and, as a result, research on masquerade detection has resorted to other sources of information for profiling user behaviour. In this paper, we show how to build an accurate user profile by looking into how the user structures her own file system and how she navigates such structure. While preliminary, our results are encouraging and suggest a number of ways in which new methods can be constructed. © 2011 Springer-Verlag.