Published September 14, 2021 | Version v1
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A Review of Tabular Data Synthesis Using GANs on an IDS Dataset


Recent technological innovations along with the vast amount of available data worldwide, have led to the rise of cyberattacks against network systems. Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) play a crucial role as a defense mechanism in networks, against adversarial attackers. Machine Learning methods provide various cybersecurity tools. However, these methods require plenty of data to be trained efficiently. Data which may be hard to collect or to use due to privacy reasons. One of the most notable Machine Learning tools is the Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) and it has great potential for Tabular data synthesis. In this work, we start by briefly presenting the most popular GAN architectures, VanillaGAN, WGAN and WGAN-GP. Focusing on tabular data generation, CTGAN, CopulaGAN and TableGAN models are used for the creation of synthetic IDS data. Specifically, the models are trained and evaluated on NSL-KDD dataset, considering the limitations and requirements that this procedure needs. Finally, based on certain quantitative and qualitative methods we argue and evaluate the most prominent GANs for tabular network data synthesis.



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IoT-NGIN – Next Generation IoT as part of Next Generation Internet 957246
European Commission