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Using the Power of Artificial Intelligence to Minimize Your Cybersecurity Attack Surface

  • Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 11:00 AM EDT (2017-04-20 15:00:00 UTC)
  • Bryan Lares, John Pescatore


  • SparkCognition Inc.

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Cybercrime is an exponentially growing threat to the world's businesses, governments, and citizens. Estimates of the annual impact of cybercrime on the global economy reach as high as $600 billion, and attackers have been easily evading signature-based antivirus solutions for years. Making matters worse, the exponential growth in both connected devices and malware is overwhelming the capacity of enterprise security teams. Organizations are being asked to secure IT, Mobility, IoT, and OT assets all while staying on top of the latest zero-day and polymorphic threats.  

A new approach is needed to keep up with the evolving cybersecurity landscape. To address this need, SparkCognition has augmented how endpoint security protects organizations, leveraging the power of artificial intelligence to detect and prevent threats faster and with greater accuracy.

This session will include nationally recognized cybersecurity experts from the SANS Institute, as well as experts from SparkCognition, who are deploying artificial intelligence solutions for cybersecurity.

During this webinar we will cover:

  • The evolving cybercrime landscape and the risks it poses to businesses
  • How we built DeepArmor, a cognitive engine to classify unknown files as malicious or benign, including the characterized process for data collection, extraction, learning and training, and classification of threats
  • How enterprise information security teams are adopting cognitive approaches, such as machine learning, to more quickly and accurately identify zero-day and polymorphic threats
  • How natural language processing can accelerate threat intelligence, research, and remediation processes and provide insight into threats

Speaker Bios

Bryan Lares

Seasoned product strategy and product management executive with experience bringing new technologies and businesses to life. I am inspired by working with leading technologist to create innovative new products and leading them to market through strategy and execution.

Currently I am the Director of Security Solutions for SparkCognition. We are successfully building and deploying the world's first cognitive security solution by leveraging an ensemble of machine learning and cognitive computing algorithms to analyze files and provide signature-free security.

Prior to SparkCognition, I was the Global Director of Product Strategy and Advanced Product Planning for Dell's Cloud Client Computing business. Responsible for the overall product strategy and new product pipeline for the Wyse portfolio of thin clients, software and data center appliances for desktop virtualization and cloud computing.

John Pescatore

John Pescatore joined SANS as director of emerging security trends in January 2013 after more than 13 years as lead security analyst for Gartner, running consulting groups at Trusted Information Systems and Entrust, 11 years with GTE, and service with both the National Security Agency, where he designed secure voice systems, and the U.S. Secret Service, where he developed secure communications and surveillance systems and "the occasional ballistic armor installation." John has testified before Congress about cybersecurity, was named one of the 15 most-influential people in security in 2008 and is an NSA-certified cryptologic engineer.

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