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Machine Learning Security Principles

By : John Paul Mueller
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Machine Learning Security Principles

By: John Paul Mueller

Overview of this book

Businesses are leveraging the power of AI to make undertakings that used to be complicated and pricy much easier, faster, and cheaper. The first part of this book will explore these processes in more depth, which will help you in understanding the role security plays in machine learning. As you progress to the second part, you’ll learn more about the environments where ML is commonly used and dive into the security threats that plague them using code, graphics, and real-world references. The next part of the book will guide you through the process of detecting hacker behaviors in the modern computing environment, where fraud takes many forms in ML, from gaining sales through fake reviews to destroying an adversary’s reputation. Once you’ve understood hacker goals and detection techniques, you’ll learn about the ramifications of deep fakes, followed by mitigation strategies. This book also takes you through best practices for embracing ethical data sourcing, which reduces the security risk associated with data. You’ll see how the simple act of removing personally identifiable information (PII) from a dataset lowers the risk of social engineering attacks. By the end of this machine learning book, you'll have an increased awareness of the various attacks and the techniques to secure your ML systems effectively.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Part 1 – Securing a Machine Learning System
Part 2 – Creating a Secure System Using ML
Part 3 – Protecting against ML-Driven Attacks
Part 4 – Performing ML Tasks in an Ethical Manner

Considering hacker targets

One of the biggest issues to consider when thinking about hackers is that hackers don’t just attack your organization without reason. There is always a target and a motivation to attack a target. Otherwise, the hacker, just like anyone else, isn’t going to bother. The targets that a hacker chooses are the primary means of interaction with your organization rather than a secondary consideration. The hacker needs to see that the target can be easily accessed. In some cases, the attack almost becomes a game for the hacker, a kind of puzzle to solve. Yes, there are monetary or other reasons for the attack, but if you can get money out of any of a variety of targets, then the target itself must become part of the motivation for this particular attack. The following sections discuss some hacker targets that help demonstrate an attack pattern and a reason for choosing that particular target and not some other target in an organization.

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