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This article presents a framework for designing network security visualization systems as well as results from the end-to-end design and implementation of two highly interactive systems. In this article, we provide multiple contributions: we present the results of our survey of security professionals, the design framework, and lessons learned from the design of our systems as well as an evaluation of their effectiveness. Our results indicate that both systems effectively present significantly more information when compared to traditional textual approaches. We believe that the interactive, graphical techniques that we present will have broad applications in other domains seeking to deal with information overload.
Date of Publication: March-April 2006