On the executability and malicious retention of adversarial malware samples generated using adversarial learning.
  A SICSA Sponsored Research Theme Event
Machine Learning (ML) models have been shown to be vulnerable to adversarial examples designed to fool ML models to classify them as benign rather than malicious. This has led to several research efforts geared towards the exploration of adversarial learning in a bid to stay ahead of attackers. A problem with this approach though it that the adversarial samples generated are not often tested to ensure that they remain executable and retain their malicious functionality. Thus, the need for more studies/discussion groups/workshops in this area and hence the workshop will be on the executability, and malicious retention of adversarial malware samples generated using adversarial learning. The purpose of the workshop is to bring together some researchers within Scottish Universities and beyond who currently work on adversarial malware generation to discuss how to preserve the executability and malicious nature of samples generated through adversarial learning. The motivation being that the focus of the community is often on generating samples and not necessarily on whether they remain executable and malicious which are quite key as there is no point creating malware mutants that are non-executable and non-malicious to serve as training data to improve their classification. The proposed event will create greater connectivity amongst Scottish academics, research centres and industry partners and it will bring together individuals from the aforementioned areas to discuss and share ideas on how they address ensuring the executability as well as maliciousness of adversarial samples created using adversarial learning. The findings of the workshop will also be published for the benefit of researchers in this area as well as the artificial intelligence/cybersecurity community at large.

  • Start Date:

    27 January 2023

  • End Date:

    27 January 2023

  • Funder:

    The Scottish Informatics & Computer Science Alliance

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