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As researchers and vendors apply machine learning to spot security vulnerabilities, cybercriminals are using the same techniques to train bots to outsmart detection tools, according to presentations this week at Black Hat in Las Vegas.
Machine learning in cybersecurity is still early days, but researchers say that it could significantly reduce the opportunity for and limit the damage of cyberattacks. But it will come with several challenges.
One of these challenges is the need for updated data. According to Sophos data scientist Hillary Sanders, who presented research at Black Hat on Wednesday, cybersecurity machine learning researchers face two main problems when acquiring data to train models.
“First, any available data is necessarily old and potentially outdated in comparison to the environment the model will face on deployment. Second, researchers may not even have access to relevant past data, often due to privacy concerns,” she writes in “Garbage In, Garbage Out: How Purportedly Great ML Models Can be Screwed Up by Bad Data.”
She argues that in a cybersecurity context,”training and test data used to create and evaluate systems matters greatly.” In her research, Sanders explores how analyzing the sensitivity of models to differences in training and testing data can develop better training datasets that will perform more reliably on deployment. You can see the full report here.
As the human-side of security garnered a lot of


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In the 20 years since the first Black Hat conference in 1997, security hacks have become incredibly cheap to initiate, increasingly expensive and complex to mitigate, and have more real-world consequences than ever before, according to speakers and attendees at this year’s conference.
The first day of sessions at the conference, which runs until Thursday at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, not only touched on new technology but also the human element of security. Facebook chief security officer Alex Stamos shifted the lens on hackers themselves in his keynote session on Wednesday morning, urging them to reflect on their empathy for users.
Here’s a look at the keynote and other highlights from day one at Black Hat conference.
Facebook CSO: Hackers Need to Work on Empathy
Facebook chief security officer Alex Stamos kicked off the Black Hat conference on Wednesday with a keynote that called on attendees – which include security practitioners, vendors, academics and others – to go beyond finding bugs and the next zero-day and recognize the potential human harm of less interesting security issues like phishing and spam.
According to a report by ThreatPost, Stamos said that the community “is not yet living up to its potential. We’ve perfected the art of finding problems over and over without addressing root issues. We need to think carefully about what to do about it downstream after discovery.” He said that the security community tends to shy


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