Misconceptions about Machine Learning and Cybersecurity

by Angela Guess Sven Krasser and Dmitri Alperovitch recently wrote in Information Management, “Machine learning has never been more accessible than it is right now. Amazon utilizes it to uncover shopping habits and Netflix uses it to propose personalized movie selections… Leaders in the cybersecurity space are utilizing machine learning in a similar fashion. While there is a lot of buzz in the marketplace about the potential of the approach to solve persistent issues like silent failure and false positives, there are many misconceptions about how the technology is being applied in the field.” Their list begins: “(1) Algorithms are Not Panacea. The value that machine learning can bring to the table largely depends on the data available to feed into it. Machine learning cannot create knowledge, it can only…


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