ISSN: IJSB: 2520-4750 (Online), 2521-3040 (Print) JSR : 2708-7085 (online)

Enhancing Cybersecurity against Stuxnet in the Future of Cyberwarfare: A Combined Approach Using Firewalls and Intrusion Detection Systems

 Author (s)

Zina Balani & Mohammed Nasseh Mohammed

Abstract

Stuxnet is a highly customized malware developed to destroy centrifuges used in the Iranian nuclear program through SCADA systems. It infects a computer through a USB drive, making it effective for targeting air-gapped networks. Stuxnet is larger and more complex than an equivalent worm; it is created in several different programming languages, and some components are encrypted. The malware utilizes four unprecedented zero-day vulnerability attacks that exploit application security vulnerabilities before developers become aware of the vulnerability. Additionally, it employs advanced rootkit technology to conceal itself from users and antimalware software on both Windows and the control computer it targets. To strengthen cybersecurity, this study implemented and configured a combination of firewalls and intrusion detection systems (IDS) to enhance security against the Stuxnet malware. By integrating these security measures, the aim was to establish a robust defense against the sophisticated attack methods employed by Stuxnet. It is essential to continuously update and adapt these security measures as the threat landscape evolves. By remaining vigilant and proactive, organizations can effectively safeguard their systems from sophisticated threats like Stuxnet, bolstering their cybersecurity defenses.

Keywords: Stuxnet, Cybersecurity, nuclear, SCADA, zero-day, IDS, Firewalls.

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Title: Enhancing Cybersecurity against Stuxnet in the Future of Cyberwarfare: A Combined Approach Using Firewalls and Intrusion Detection Systems
Author: Zina Balani & Mohammed Nasseh Mohammed
Journal Name: International Journal of Science and Business
Website: ijsab.com
ISSN: ISSN 2520-4750 (Online), ISSN 2521-3040 (Print)
DOI: https://doi.org/10.58970/IJSB.2202
Media: Online & Print
Volume: 28
Issue: 1
Issue publication (Year): 2023
Acceptance Date: 29/07/2023
Date of Publication: 31/07/2023
PDF URL: https://ijsab.com/wp-content/uploads/2202.pdf
Free download: Available
Page: 21-30
First Page: 21
Last Page: 30
Paper Type: Research paper
Current Status: Published

 

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Zina Balani & Mohammed Nasseh Mohammed (2023). Enhancing Cybersecurity against Stuxnet in the Future of Cyberwarfare: A Combined Approach using Firewalls and Intrusion Detection Systems. International Journal of Science and Business, 28(1), 21-30. doi: https://doi.org/10.58970/IJSB.2202

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About Author (s)

Zina Balani (Corresponding author), Department of Software Engineering, Lebanese French University, Erbil, Iraq.

 Mohammed Nasseh Mohammed, Department of Software and Informatics, college of Engineering, Salahaddin University, Erbil, Iraq.

 

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.58970/IJSB.2202

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