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Wednesday, January 10 • 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Lunch Table Talk - "How to be a Savvy Machine Learning Consumer"

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Over the past few years, the number of network protection technologies that purport to include machine learning (ML) based features has grown exponentially. Unfortunately, most people in purchasing positions for network defense software are unfamiliar with the field of ML. Oftentimes it can be difficult to tell how effectively the software is applying ML, what types of ML is being applied, and whether the software really includes ML at all. On the other side of the spectrum, correctly applied ML can look like magic, and sometimes a healthy dose of skepticism prevents companies from purchasing and applying valid capabilities that can significantly benefit their organization. 

This talk aims to help you become an educated ML consumer. We’ll discuss what constitutes ML and what doesn’t and what types of ML you should expect to see. We’ll give a brief overview of different types of ML capabilities. This will be followed up with a discussion on what capabilities you can expect from different types of software, as well as what may be overselling capabilities. By the end of this discussion I hope that you have a better understanding regarding how ML can (and should!) help you monitor and secure your network.

Note that we will not be reviewing or recommending specific packages, but rather looking at the field as a whole.

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Eliezer Kanal

Technical Manager, CERT Division - Software Engineering Institute
Eliezer Kanal is a technical manager at CERT who focuses on applying machine learning techniques to the cybersecurity domain. His team contributed to a wide variety of projects, including statistical visualization tools to assist with malware reverse engineering, metrics for the efficacy... Read More →

Wednesday January 10, 2018 12:30pm - 1:00pm MST

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