June 21, 2021


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Enhancing Robustness of Neural Networks through Fourier Stabilization. (arXiv:2106.04435v1 [cs.LG])

Despite the considerable success of neural networks in security settings such
as malware detection, such models have proved vulnerable to evasion attacks, in
which attackers make slight changes to inputs (e.g., malware) to bypass
detection. We propose a novel approach, emph{Fourier stabilization}, for
designing evasion-robust neural networks with binary inputs. This approach,
which is complementary to other forms of defense, replaces the weights of
individual neurons with robust analogs derived using Fourier analytic tools.
The choice of which neurons to stabilize in a neural network is then a
combinatorial optimization problem, and we propose several methods for
approximately solving it. We provide a formal bound on the per-neuron drop in
accuracy due to Fourier stabilization, and experimentally demonstrate the
effectiveness of the proposed approach in boosting robustness of neural
networks in several detection settings. Moreover, we show that our approach
effectively composes with adversarial training.