Security

Experimental Challenges in Cyber Security: A Story of Provenance and Lineage for Malware

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Executive Summary

Rigorous experiments and empirical studies hold the promise of empowering researchers and practitioners to develop better approaches for cyber security. For example, understanding the provenance and lineage of polymorphic malware strains can lead to new techniques for detecting and classifying unknown attacks. Unfortunately, many challenges stand in the way: the lack of sufficient field data (e.g., malware samples and contextual information about their impact in the real world), the lack of metadata about the collection process of the existing data sets, the lack of ground truth, the difficulty of developing tools and methods for rigorous data analysis.

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