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Open Access Knowledge and Scholarship

Date of Award


Culminating Project Type


Degree Name

Information Assurance: M.S. - 5 year track for SCSU Undergraduates


Information Assurance and Information Systems


Herberger School of Business

First Advisor

Dennis Guster

Second Advisor

Susantha Herath

Third Advisor

Erich Rice

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

Security Onion, Effectiveness, DoS Attacks, Flood Attacks


Security professionals utilize different types of systems, tools, and software in an attempt to secure an organization from external threats. There are many challenges that professionals face, when attempting to choose and execute a system into their framework. Because of these challenges, professionals may decide to go with a free open source system, such as the Security Onion. However, there is little information or results that show the effectiveness of the system. Several articles indicate ways of configuring the system or examining certain components within it. This project aims to examine the effectiveness of the Security Onion through a controlled test. The results of this project help inform professionals of the effectiveness and provide a baseline for them to make their security decisions off of.