Jacob Rickerd

Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School

Technology and Professional Services Management

First Advisor

Dr. James Banfield

Second Advisor

Dr. Suleiman Ashur


Over the last three semesters, I worked toward my final goal to develop a custom network security appliance. I first began by completing a comparison analysis of network intrusion detection systems which are devices that read traffic from the network and determine if network packets should go through or be dropped. Second, I conducted a feasibility study of a custom framework to profile attackers in a network; this yielded positive results. Finally, I worked on creating a custom network security appliance; it uses the profiles I created in my framework to more efficiently block malicious attackers in comparison to other security appliances. Below is a more detailed account of how these steps were taken to result in my final security appliance.