Alefiya Hussain
USC/Information Sciences Institute
4676 Admiralty Way, Suite 1148
Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Phone: (310)448-8469
Email: lastname at isi dot edu


Alefiya Hussain is a Computer Scientist at the USC/Information Sciences Institute. Her research focuses on internet measurement, experimentation, and analysis of security attacks on networked systems. Her pioneering work on the measurement and characterization of denial of service attacks was published in top-tier conferences as well as referenced in graduate courses across the nation. From 2005 to 2010, Dr. Hussain was a Senior Principal Scientist at Sparta, where she developed learning mechanisms to optimize application performance over hostile and lossy networks. At USC, Dr. Hussain is leading a team to develop the experiment lifecycle management framework and enable complex and large scale cyber security experiments for DETERLab. She received a M.S. (2001) and Ph.D. (2005) in Computer Science from the University of Southern California and a B.E. (1997) in Computer Engineering from the University of Pune, India.




Invited Talks


A. Viswanathan, A. Hussain, J. Wroclawski, S. Schwab, J. Mirkovic, A Semantic Framework for Data Analysis in Networked Systems, USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI), April 2011 [pdf] [bib] [scripts]

S. Wei, A. Hussain, J. Mirkovic, C. Ko, Tools for Worm Experimentation on the DETER Testbed, International Journal of Communication Networks and Distributed Systems, Vol. 5, No. 1/2, pp.151-171, January 2010.

S. Sharma, A. Hussain, H. Saran, Mobile Device Fingerprinting- Device Identification in Enterprise Networks Technical Report, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute ofTechnology, New Delhi, Nov 2009

J. Mirkovic, A. Hussain, S. Fahmy, P. Reiher and R. Thomas, Accurately Measuring Denial of Service in Simulation and Testbed Experiments, IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp 81-95, June 2009.

S. Wei, C. Ko, J. Mirkovic and A. Hussain, Tools for Worm Experimentation on the DETER Testbed, Proceedings of the IEEE Create-Net International Conference on Testbeds and Research Infrastructures for the Development of Networks and Communities, Washington D.C., April 2009.

J. Mirkovic, P. Reiher, A. Hussain, C. Papadopoulos, M. Shepard, M. Berg, R. Jung, Testing A Collaborative DDoS Defense in a Red Team/Blue Team Exercise, IEEE Transactions on Computers, Vol. 57, No. 8, pp 1098-1112, August 2008.

A. Hussain, A. Purtell, M. Elkins, S. Schwab, J. Jacobs, J. Horning, E. Kendall, D. McGuinness, S. Rho, Exploiting Artificial Intelligence for Tactical Network Optimization, Milcom 2007, Orlando,Florida, October 2007.

J. Mirkovic, A. Hussain, B. Wilson, S. Fahmy, W. Yao, P. Reiher, S. Schwab and R. Thomas, When Is Service Really Denied? A User-Centric DoS Metric, Poster Session, SIGMETRICS 2007, San Diego,California, June 2007.

J. Mirkovic, A. Hussain, B. Wilson, S. Fahmy, P. Reiher, R. Thomas, W. Yao, and S. Schwab, Towards User-Centric Metrics for Denial-Of-Service Measurement, Workshop on Experimental Computer Science, San Diego, California, June 2007.

J. Mirkovic, S. Wei, A. Hussain, B. Wilson, R. Thomas, S. Schwab, S. Fahmy, R. Chertov and P.Reiher, DDoS Benchmarks and Experimenter?s Workbench for the DETER Testbed, Tridentcom 2007, Orlando, Florida, May 2007.

J. Mirkovic, B. Wilson, A. Hussain, S. Fahmy, P. Reiher, R. Thomas and S. Schwab, Automating DDoS Experimentation, Proceedings of the USENIX DETER workshop, April 2007.

J. Mirkovic, P. Reiher, S. Fahmy, R. Thomas, A. Hussain, S. Schwab and C. Ko, Measuring Denial-of-Service, ACM CCS Quality of Protection Workshop, Alexandria, Virginia, October 2006.

A. Hussain, J. Heidemann, and C. Papadopoulos, Identification of Repeated Denial of Service Attacks, INFOCOM, Barcelona, Spain, April 2006.

A. Hussain Measurement and Spectral Analysis of Denial of Service Attacks, Ph.D. Thesis, August 2005.

A. Hussain, G. Bartlett, Y. Pryadkin, J. Heidemann, C. Papadopoulos, J. Bannister, Experiences with a Continuous Network Tracing Infrastructure, SIGCOMM Workshop on Mining Network Data, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 2005.

A. Hussain, J. Heidemann, and C. Papadopoulos, Distinguishing between Single and Multi-source Attacks using Signal Processing, Computer Networks Journal, Vol. 46, No. 4, pp 479-503, November 2004.

X. He, C. Papadopoulos, J. Heidemann, and A. Hussain, Spectral Characteristics of Saturated Links,USC-TR-04-827, June 2004.

A. Hussain, A. Kapoor, and J. Heidemann, The Effect of Detail on Ethernet Simulation, ACM Workshop on Parallel and Distributed Simulation, Kufstein, Austria, May 2004.

A. Hussain, J. Heidemann, and C. Papadopoulos, A Framework for Classifying Denial of Service Attacks, SIGCOMM, Karlsruhe, Germany, August 2003.

C. Papadopoulos, R. Lindell, J. Mehringer, A. Hussain, and R. Govindan, COSSACK: Coordinated Suppression of Simultaneous Attacks, DISCEX III, Washington, DC, April 2003.

K. Lan, A. Hussain, and D. Dutta, The Effect of Malicious Traffic on the Network, Passive and Active Measurement Workshop, La Jolla, April 2003.