A deep learning framework for malware classification
Source of Publication
International Journal of Digital Crime and Forensics
Copyright © 2020, IGI Global. In this article, the authors propose a deep learning framework for malware classification. There has been a huge increase in the volume of malware in recent years which poses serious security threats to financial institutions, businesses, and individuals. In order to combat the proliferation of malware, new strategies are essential to quickly identify and classify malware samples. Nowadays, machine learning approaches are becoming popular for malware classification. However, most of these approaches are based on shallow learning algorithms (e.g. SVM). Recently, convolutional neural networks (CNNs), a deep learning approach, have shown superior performance compared to traditional learning algorithms, especially in tasks such as image classification. Inspired by this, the authors propose a CNN-based architecture to classify malware samples. They convert malware binaries to grayscale images and subsequently train a CNN for classification. Experiments on two challenging malware classification datasets, namely Malimg and Microsoft, demonstrate that their method outperforms competing state-of-the-art algorithms.
Kalash, Mahmoud; Rochan, Mrigank; Mohammed, Noman; Bruce, Neil; Wang, Yang; and Iqbal, Farkhund, "A deep learning framework for malware classification" (2020). Scopus Indexed Articles. 410.