An Efficient CNN-Based Deep Learning Model to Detect Malware Attacks (CNN-DMA) in 5G-IoT Healthcare Applications

Ankita Anand, Shalli Rani, Divya Anand, Hani Moaiteq Aljahdali, Dermot Kerr

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The role of 5G-IoT has become indispensable in smart applications and it plays a crucial part in e-health applications. E-health applications require intelligent schemes and architectures to overcome the security threats against the sensitive data of patients. The information in e-healthcare applications is stored in the cloud which is vulnerable to security attacks. However, with deep learning techniques, these attacks can be detected, which needs hybrid models. In this article, a new deep learning model (CNN-DMA) is proposed to detect malware attacks based on a classifier—Convolution Neural Network (CNN). The model uses three layers, i.e., Dense, Dropout, and Flatten. Batch sizes of 64, 20 epoch, and 25 classes are used to train the network. An input image of 32 × 32 × 1 is used for the initial convolutional layer. Results are retrieved on the Malimg dataset where 25 families of malware are fed as input and our model has detected is Alueron.gen!J malware. The proposed model CNN-DMA is 99% accurate and it is validated with state-of-the-art techniques.
Original languageEnglish
Article number6346
Pages (from-to)e6346
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 23 Sept 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding: This project was supported by the Deanship of Scientific Research (DSR), King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, under grant No. (KEP-12-611-42).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.


  • healthcare
  • 5G-IoT
  • deep learning
  • malware
  • CNN
  • malimg
  • Neural Networks, Computer
  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Humans
  • Deep Learning
  • Malimg
  • Deep learning
  • Healthcare
  • Malware


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