Deep Packet Inspection

Background

Deep packet inspection (DPI) is a networking technology that can be used by Internet Service Providers or Enterprises to monitor customer’s / employee data traffic, improve network security and collect statistical information. The  main research questions that this project focuses on are:
- Is DPI a disruptive technology that will change the way we regulate the Internet?
- How widespread is its deployment and what is it being used for?

DPI use in Network security

Intrusion detection and prevention
Bandwidth management

- “Throttling,” traffic shaping
- Enforcement of bandwidth caps

Customer profiling

- Ad injection and targeted ads
- Price discrimination and vertical integration

Copyright protection

- Detection and blocking of file sharing

Censorship

- Prohibited content recognition and blocking

National security surveillance

* Research funded by: NSF and NGIF (Netherelands)