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The Role of AI in Cybersecurity and Auditing

  • Wednesday, November 01, 2017 at 10:30 AM EDT (2017-11-01 14:30:00 UTC)
  • Muzamil Riffat

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Machine learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies are rapidly applied in many industries. The digital assistants, mainly managed through different mobile applications ("apps"), are increasingly integrated in our personal and professional lives. There are clear indications that the world around us will change completely in the near future as robotics are increasingly employed in the decision making process. It is predicted that human intervention will be reduced to providing over-sight only. With the advent of technology, there are many mundane tasks such as logs review that can take up precious time of cybersecurity professionals. Burn out and fatigue are constant threats for cybersecurity professionals who are faced with an endless onslaught of attacks and threats. Furthermore, humans alone simply do not have the capability or capacity to prevent, detect, or react to "Advance Persistent Threats" or other similar security events. AI presents a possibility and promise to not only analyze historical data efficiently but also to detect patterns in order to prevent adverse events. The presentation will explore risks and rewards of using AI in managing cybersecurity as well as how AI can be utilized during the auditing process.

Speaker Bio

Muzamil Riffat

Muzamil Riffat has more than 15 years of professional work experience. After obtaining a Bachelor of Computer Engineering degree, he began his career in software development, and gradually transitioned into audit and assurance line of services. He has worked for consultancy, private, government and semi-government organizations in different parts of the world. He holds several general and vendor-specific professional certifications and accreditations. Muzamil is currently responsible for managing the internal audit function in a large government organization in the Middle East.

Muzamil is a candidate for the Master of Science degree in Information Security Management from the SANS Technology Institute.

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