Jacob Rickerd

Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis


College of Technology

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.