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A taxonomy and terminology of adversarial machine learning


This NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) is intended as a step toward securing applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI), especially against adversarial manipulations of Machine Learning (ML), by developing a taxonomy and terminology of Adversarial Machine Learning (AML). Although AI also includes various knowledge-based systems, the data-driven approach of ML introduces additional security challenges in training and testing (inference) phases of system operations. AML is concerned with the design of ML algorithms that can resist security challenges, the study of the capabilities of attackers, and the understanding of attack consequences. This document develops a taxonomy of concepts and defines terminology in the field of AML. The taxonomy, built on and integrating previous AML survey works, is arranged in a conceptual hierarchy that includes key types of attacks, defenses, and consequences. The terminology, arranged in an alphabetical glossary, defines key terms associated with the security of ML components of an AI system. Taken together, the terminology and taxonomy are intended to inform future standards and best practices for assessing and managing the security of ML components, by establishing a common language and understanding of the rapidly developing AML landscape.

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Date published: 1 Oct 2019


Domain: Horizontal
Type: Report

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