KDD Workshop on Knowledge-infused Learning, 29TH ACM SIGKDD,

Knowledge Infusion in Privacy Preserving Data Generation

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Security monitoring is crucial for maintaining a strong IT infrastructure by protecting against emerging threats, identifying vulnerabilities, and detecting potential points of failure. It involves deploying advanced tools to continuously monitor networks, systems, and configurations. However, organizations face challenges in adapting modern techniques like Machine Learning (ML) due to privacy and security risks associated with sharing internal data. Compliance with regulations like GDPR further complicates data sharing. To promote external knowledge sharing, a secure and privacy-preserving method for organizations to share data is necessary. Privacy-preserving data generation involves creating new data that maintains privacy while preserving key characteristics and properties of the original data so that it is still useful in creating downstream models of attacks. Generative models, such as Generative Adversarial Networks (GAN), have been proposed as a solution for privacy preserving synthetic data generation. However, standard GANs are limited in their capabilities to generate realistic system data. System data have inherent constraints, e.g., the list of legitimate I.P. addresses and port numbers are limited, and protocols dictate a valid sequence of network events. Standard generative models do not account for such constraints and do not utilize domain knowledge in their generation process. Additionally, they are limited by the attribute values present in the training data. This poses a major privacy risk, as sensitive discrete attribute values are repeated by GANs. To address these limitations, we propose a novel model for Knowledge Infused Privacy Preserving Data Generation. A privacy preserving Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) is trained on system data for generating synthetic datasets that can replace original data for downstream tasks while protecting sensitive data. Knowledge from domain specific knowledge graphs is used to guide the data generation process, check for the validity of generated values, and enrich the dataset by diversifying the values of attributes. We specifically demonstrate this model by synthesizing network data captured by the network capture tool, Wireshark. We establish that the synthetic dataset holds up to the constraints of the network specific datasets and can replace the original dataset in downstream tasks.


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