The Dark Side of Machine Learning

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 11:30am

With all good things comes the dark -side.  As the learning period has become shorter, and accessibility for everyone, cybercriminals, have also being leveraging to improve the effectiveness of their campaigns. Cyberthreat landscape is reaching an inflection point in the character of cyberattacks we are seeing, driven by structural changes in attacker platforms, changing motivations, ability to make profit and the changing attack surface. This session will look at these attacks from the adversary vantage point to walk through the motivations, ML tools, market enablers that drive these attacks.


Mr. Vincent Weafer, Senior Vice President of McAfee Labs at McAfee, Inc.

Mr. Weafer manages hundreds of researchers across 30 countries, as well as millions of sensors across the globe, all dedicated to protecting McAfee customers from the latest cyberthreats. His team is committed to advancing the research and intelligence-gathering capabilities required to provide the latest protection solutions in malware, host and network intrusion, email, vulnerability, regulatory compliance, and web security. Mr. Weafer has extensive experience gained from over 25 years in the information technology industry, ranging from software development and systems engineering roles to development management and security research positions. Before joining McAfee, he led Symantec’s security response team for 11 years. Mr. Weafer is a highly regarded expert on Internet security threats and trends, and is frequently quoted by major print, web, and broadcast media around the globe. He has testified on multiple government committees, including the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearing on “Combating Cyber Crime and Identify Theft in the Digital Age” (April 2010); the U.S. Sentencing Commission’s public hearing on the Identity Theft Enforcement and Restitution Act of 2008 (March 2009); and the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation hearing on “Impact and Policy Implications of Spyware on Consumers and Businesses” (June 2008). In addition, Mr. Weafer has presented at many international conferences, was a committee member of the IEEE Industry Connections Study Group (ICSG) from 2009 to 2010, and co-authored a book on Internet security. Mr. Weafer has a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering from Dublin City University.