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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Wang, Weichen
Author's Email Address weichen.wang@vanderbilt.edu
URN etd-03232015-010522
Title A Cyber-security defense method using Docker containers
Degree Master of Science
Department Computer Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Aniruddha Gokhale Committee Member
Jules White Committee Member
  • docker
  • hopping
  • mongodb
  • load testing
Date of Defense 2015-04-14
Availability unrestricted
Cyber-security for Internet-connected applications has become a critical area of research. Applications are continually under attack and finding ways to better defend them is a critical concern. This thesis explores a newer type of moving target defense that seeks to thwart attackers by continuously moving the location of an application and resetting it to a safe state. The hopping mechanism relies on a newer development in cloud computing, isolation based on containers rather than virtual machines. Containers provide the advantage of fast starts with most of the isolation benefits of more heavyweight virtual machines. This paper explores the quality of service impact of a moving target container hopping defense and shows that container hopping is a viable security mechanism.
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