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15 July 2019

CRAIG GONZALES

Head of Ethical Hacking
BT

4 Questions For Craig Gonzales

How is AI used or can be used in Cyber Space? Are you implementing any kind of AI projects/ programs or techniques for dealing with cyber threats in your company?

There are quite a few vendors using AI, statistics, and machine learning to try and make sense of the vast amounts of traffic and behaviour in networks. Machines can help humans identify clusters of like behaviour in the network.

We are implementing several AI projects around cyber security, one of which is a visual analytics platform that correlates various data input streams into a single visualisation so security operations analysts can hunt through data looking for anomalies.

Cyber security and connectivity: How to protect IoT systems and devices?

Develop secure IoT standards, train developers to introduce secure coding practices, and enable device updates so found vulnerabilities can be patched.

What are the key trends for the modern cyber defence strategy?

For us it’s humans. While adversaries are increasingly complex, many incidents arise due to humans making human errors. A key trend is to reduce the impact of human error.

Is there a lack of cybersecurity talent or a global shortage of cybersecurity skills in the workplace in your industry? What is the solution?

Yes because cyber security has traditionally been a reactive industry – we identify attacker trends and then react to those. A solution could be to introduce and employ quite a few thinkers and researchers to get ahead of trends, but it’s a hard problem.

Craig is one of BT’s ethical hacking heads. He works in the Offensive Security Directorate protecting BT and BT’s customers from cyber threats. He leads an international team of penetration testers and programme managers and is responsible for commercial

4 July 2019

BORIS TARATINE

Chief Cybersecurity Architect
Lloyds Banking Group

4 Questions For Boris Taratine

How is AI used or can be used in Cyber Space? Are you implementing any kind of AI projects/ programs or techniques for dealing with cyber threats in your company?

Cyberspace generates a lot of data in many different and seemingly unrelated disciplines. None possesses the whole set, but not many are eager to share so the sets can be fused and analysed together. I see this to be an area where machine learning algorithms can be effectively used to help people find weak signals and answer the burning questions. Do not expect magic though – AI in most cases is just about minimising the error function…

Cyber security and connectivity: How to protect IoT systems and devices?

The first step is to ensure we better understand the balance between profit and security in the IoT ecosystem. Once that is improved, we will need to invest more effort to answer the question above. I am not certain the same methods as those in the domain of more expensive technology would be economically effective countermeasures. We will need to be creative.

What are the key trends for the modern cyber defence strategy?

I am glad to see there is a growing understanding that compliance-based approach is not working as anticipated and that new methods are required. However, it is troublesome to see a strong dangerous trend of new buzzwords occupying minds of people without being properly examined.

Is there a lack of cybersecurity talent or a global shortage of cybersecurity skills in the workplace in your industry? What is the solution?

We do not have shortage of skills but a shortage of talent – talents are scarce and rare. Very often the talent would bring the ideas that are at odds to those of skilled. We need to learn how to recognise the talent and let the talent guide the industry forward cutting through the multibillion complexity of the buzzwords.

Boris is a passionate visionary and an influential ambassador of cyber security and cyber defence. He likes spending his time thinking of the possible ways harm can be done in the cyberspace. Then he develop methods and techniques to determine the methodology of individuals who pose a cyber-security threat; original capabilities to prevent the harm, make it more difficult to do, or lessen the consequences.

During his PhD studies, Boris co-authored a number of scientific publications and patents granted under NATO HiTech project. He further has dozens of patents granted or pending. He prefers though sharing his ideas (on prevention, of course!) for free to have them used and implemented so he can get back to his thinking.

He is a thought leader who has over 30 years of thinking experience in Academia, Cyber Security, Information Security, and Information Technology. He has held leadership roles in a variety of world-renowned companies around the Globe; participated in various industry and law enforcement forums influencing global cyber security development.

Boris is an author, frequent panel discussions moderator, a panellist, and a speaker at industry events.

GUGLIELMO IOZZIA

Associate Director – Business Tech Analysis, IT and Analytics
MSD

3 Questions For Guglielmo Iozzia

How is AI used or can be used in Cyber Space? Are you implementing any kind of AI projects/programs or techniques for dealing with cyber threats in your company?

There are plenty of opportunities to apply AI to the Cyber Space, during my talk I am going to show some interesting applications of Deep Learning in malware detection. But there is still lack of culture in this direction and most of all, some concerns about ethics or explanation of AI systems applied to cyber security problems, preventing progress in this direction. Personally to me, these concerns don’t make sense (I am going to cover these matters as well during my talk). Unfortunately, at present time I can’t discover details about corporate AI/cyber security strategies.

Cyber security and connectivity: How to protect IoT systems and devices?

This is a new frontier of cyber security, but I can still see here the same bad practices applied to traditional on-prem and cloud systems. So, I believe that applying most part of the best practices and the same culture of quality as for other systems would be a good start.

What are the key trends for the modern cyber defense strategy?

AI, Deep Learning, culture change.

Is there a lack of cybersecurity talent or a global shortage of cybersecurity skills in the workplace in your industry? What is the solution?

More than a lack of cybersecurity talents, I am seeing a lack of culture about cyber security in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry (same as in some other industries). In particular, I am observing a reactive only approach to cyber security remediation and a cyber security strategy which doesn’t consider its impact on people productivity.

I am currently Associate Director at MSD Global and based in the new MSD Biotech facilities in Dublin (Ireland). I was previously at Optum (UnitedHealth Group) Ireland. There my teams and I use to deal with projects in the PI (fraud, waste and abuse, claims processing) mostly, but also in the healthcare space. I worked previously at IBM Ireland, in Cloud Automation first and Ethical Hacking team then, where I switched my career path from Test Automation to Analytics and Machine Learning/Deep Learning.

I am passionate, among other things, about AI and Cyber Security, not just for professional experience, but also for personal initiatives and interest.

Starting from 2018 I use to be invited to present at several international conferences such as DataWorks Summit, Google I/O Extended, Predictive Analytics World for Industry 4.0, CIO Conference Ireland and UK and many others. My first book “Hands-on Deep Learning with Apache Spark” (https://tinyurl.com/y7d98s64) has been released in January 2019.

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