AAAI 2024
Workshop paper

Differentially Private and Adversarially Robust Machine Learning: An Empirical Evaluation


Malicious adversaries can attack machine learning models to infer sensitive information or damage the system by launching a series of evasion attacks. Although various work addresses privacy and security concerns, they focus on individual defenses, but in practice, models may undergo simultaneous attacks. This study explores the combination of adversarial training and differentially private training to defend against simultaneous attacks. While differentially-private adversarial training, as presented in DP-Adv (Bu, Li, and Zhao 2021), outperforms the other state-of-the-art methods in performance, it lacks formal privacy guarantees and empirical validation. Thus, in this work, we benchmark the performance of this technique using a membership inference attack and empirically show that the resulting approach is as private as non-robust private models. This work also highlights the need to explore privacy guarantees in dynamic training paradigms.