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Machine learning is offering insights into the behaviour of malicious bots by tracking them as they evolve over time to evade detection.
It’s a powerful tool, but it’s not the only one needed to keep students safe in increasingly online learning environment explains Miranda Mowbray, a researcher in machine learning and keynote speaker at this year’s annual conference of JISC, AARNet’s sister network in the UK.
The majority of learners are under the age of 40 and are savvier than older generations when it comes to the risks to the infringement of their data. But their experience with technology could, some research suggests, lead to riskier behaviour.
Overall, digital natives are as vulnerable to bots — also known as malware — as the rest of the population, with risks largely depending on their own cyber-literacy.
As machine learning works to out-smart the bots, it’s just one aspect in a landscape of remediation, prevention and detection needed to keep students safe online.
Miranda has the following tips to help students take responsibility themselves:
More information and support for staying safe online is available at Stay Smart Online, the Australian Government’s online safety and security website.