Cutting Edge

3211 - Rise of the Machines

Wednesday, October 10
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Location: Floor 3: Mardi Gras: Salon E

Many of the top security vendors, information security specialists and cybersecurity professionals are claiming how artificial intelligence and machine learning are changing the face of defending against the most advanced attacks. Most vendors fail to be transparent on how these technologies work. We are bombarded with buzzwords, yet we don't understand what they mean, what the technology does, and how we should keep vendors accountable. When we look for the details on the specifics of what makes these products effective, we are usually given vague answers or told it is a proprietary technology. The truth is there is no magic behind machine learning.

This talk will examine the details behind the mechanics on artificial intelligence and machine learning. We'll discuss how different techniques are being used to detect malware, malicious domains, phishing emails and other threats. We will examine how these systems need to be set up and trained, and the inherent weaknesses built into them.

We will examine why these technologies fail and how attackers routinely bypass these methods for detection to infiltrate systems. Attendees will learn about advance attacker techniques and how hackers are using machine learning against organizations that use them.

Learn to look past the marketing hype and understand the true value and limitation of cybersecurity AI. You will understand what the technology actually has the capability of achieving and how to hold vendors who claim they utilize the technology accountable.


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Aamir Lakhani

Lead Researcher

Aamir Lakhani is a leading senior security researcher. He is responsible for providing IT security solutions to major enterprises and government organizations.
Aamir creates technical security strategies and leads security implementation projects for Fortune 500 companies. Industries of focus include healthcare providers, educational institutions, financial institutions and government organizations. Aamir has designed offensive counter-defense measures for the Department of Defense and national intelligence agencies.
His current role has him specializing as a lead researcher, forensics specialist and incident response handler in the field of AI, machine learning, offensive attack methodologies and advanced cybercrimes.


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