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OWASP Top 5 Machine Learning Risks

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The OWASP Top 5 Machine Learning Risks

The idea is to build the required resources which help software security community to understand the emerging technology of machine learning and how it is related to security, warn them about the risk associated with using ML, and discuss the defending techniques.


Machine Learning has recently re-emerged as a powerful tool in multiple business sectors. It also becomes vital when it is harnessed for the Security services and applications like Fraud Detection, Anomaly Detection, Behavioral Analysis, etc.

Although these applications have huge success, there are still security risks associated with the learning technique especially the security of the learning phase; which can still be vulnerable to threats originated by potential adversaries, and consequently it has considerable impact on their prediction results

This project will list these risks and the defending techniques


The OWASP Top 5 Machine Learning Risks project is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license], so you can copy, distribute and transmit the work, and you can adapt it, and use it commercially, but all provided that you attribute the work and if you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one.

Project News

June 2018:

March 2018:

  • New member joined: Sereysethy Touch: Teaching Assistant in Faculty of Computer Science at University of Namur, Belgium.
  • Second meeting held (Talal, Prabhant and Sethy)

February 2018:

  • First meeting held (Talal, Jean- Noël and Prabhant)
  • Project content to be updated on google docs until we come up with the first draft, then it will be available on the wiki and github pages.

January 2018:
2 members joined the team:

  • Jean-Noël Colin: Professor in CS Faculty of University of Namur, Belgium, working in the broad field of information security, and more recently, looking at using ML methods for security purposes
  • Prabhant Singh: Master student at University of Tartu, currently researching on secure and reliable machine learning. have been associated with owasp from last 2 years.

September 2017:

  • Project introduction in webinar (attached)

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How can I participate in your project?

This project requires a lot of participations from data scientists, ML experts, software developers, risk managers and application security specialists. Please make the Project Leader's aware of your available time to contribute to the project. It is also important to let the Leader's know how you would like to contribute and pitch in to help the project meet it's goals and milestones. There are many different ways you can contribute to an OWASP Project, but communication with the leads is key.


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We will have ANNUAL release of the up-to-date top 5 risks, organized as following: