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December 2016 - AIM Lunch Meeting

  • Thursday, December 08, 2016
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Joseph Smith Memorial Building, Wasatch Room, 10th Floor, 15 East South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84150


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Not If,  But When

Leveraging AI to Jettison the Mantras of the Past

For decades we in the security profession, have relied on the best technology we had at the time to deflect the onslaught of what we faced daily in the way of virus and malware attacks. The effectiveness of that AV technology was always predicated on having latest signatures on hand, which the adversaries could easily defeat with just the slightest modification of their last iteration. That signature-based paradigm required much in the way of downstream resources and expense and usually at least one “sacrificial lamb” upon which to let each new instance of threat sink its teeth. On a good day the capture and deflection rates rarely rose above 50%, requiring that we labor assiduously to manage leaderships’ expectations. We finally got them to understand and accept what became almost a mantra: “It’s not if but when”--as galling professionally as that admission was to make. However, just as predicted by Thomas Kuhn in his book the Structure of Scientific Revolutions, we’re seeing the dawn of a new day where AI’s machine learning and advance mathematical algorithms now offer validated deflection rates, pre-execution, in the realm of 99%. Our lunch discussion will explore this emerging new paradigm and what it portends for the future.

Our Speaker/Facilitator:  

John McClurg
VP and Ambassador-at-Large - Cylance

McClurg comes to Cylance from Dell where he served as its CSO, advancing responsibilities that included the strategic focus and tactical operations of Dell’s internal global security services, both physical and cyber. He was also charged with the advocacy of business resilience and security prowess generally, the seamless integration of Dell’s various security offerings, and with improving the effectiveness and efficiency of security initiatives, including Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery.

Before joining Dell, McClurg had served in security positions at Honeywell, Lucent, Bell Laboratories, the FBI, the CIA, and the Department of Energy.   

McClurg was recently voted one of America’s 25 most influential security professionals; holds a J.D. Degree from Brigham Young University; is a member of the Utah Bar Association; Co-chaired the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) of the U.S. Department of State; sits on the FBI’s Domestic Security (DSAC) & National Security Business Alliance Councils (NSBAC); and served as the founding Chairman of the International Security Foundation. He also holds an MA in Organizational Behavior, BS and BA degrees in University Studies and Philosophy from Brigham Young, and advanced doctoral studies in Philosophical Hermeneutics at UNC-Chapel Hill and UCLA.

About Our Sponsor: Dell EMC

Dell Data Security Solutions keeps your business moving forward

Information and ideas fuel growth and build value. Empower end users and secure sensitive data across your enterprise with Dell Data Security Solutions that:

• Incorporate centrally managed endpoint security and compliance

• Safeguard an entire ecosystem of data and devices

• Offer end users the flexibility of how and where they want to work

From encryption and endpoint threat prevention to user authentication and compliance reporting, Dell data security solutions address top security threats and proactively protect your enterprise from unforeseen vulnerabilities.

We hope you can make it to this event!


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