Intrusion detection is a key topic in computer security. Due to the ever-increasing number of network attacks, several accurate anomaly-based techniques have been proposed for intrusion detection, wherein pattern recognition through machine learning techniques is typically used. Many proposals rely on the use of autoencoders, due to their capability to analyze complex, high-dimensional, and large-scale data. They capitalize on composite architectures and accurate learning approaches, possibly in combination with sophisticated feature selection techniques. However, due to their high complexity and lack of transferability of the impressive intrusion detection results, they are hardly ever used in production environments. This paper is developed around the intuition that complexity is not necessarily justified because a single autoencoder is enough to obtain similar, if not better, intrusion detection results compared to related proposals. The wide study presented here addresses the effect of the seed, a deep investigation on the training loss, and feature selection across the use of different hardware platforms. The best practices presented, regarding set-up and training, threshold setting, and possible use of feature selection techniques for performance improvement, can be valuable for any future work on the use of autoencoders for successful intrusion detection purposes.
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