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A Taxonomy and Terminology of Adversarial Machine Learning: NIST Releases Draft NISTIR 8269 for Comment

The NCCoE has released Draft NISTIR 8269, "A Taxonomy and Terminology of Adversarial Machine Learning," for public comment.  Comments are due by December 16, 2019.

NIST's National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) has released Draft NISTIR 8269, A Taxonomy and Terminology of Adversarial Machine Learning, for public comment. This report is intended as a step toward securing applications of Artificial Intelligence, 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.

The public comment period closes December 16, 2019. See the document details for a copy of the document and instructions for submitting comments.


NOTE: A call for patent claims is included on page iv of this draft.  For additional information, see the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) Patent Policy--Inclusion of Patents in ITL Publications.

Released October 30, 2019, Updated October 31, 2019