C-Level Cybersecurity Breakfast Roundtable

Date: Tuesday 26th June, 8:30am - 11am
Venue: The Nash Room, Haymarket Hotel, London, SW1Y 4HX

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SecureData's CTO & Founder Etienne Greef presents:

What every CISO should know about Machine Learning

This talk isn’t a detailed technical talk and does not require prior knowledge of Machine Learning or Artificial Intelligence (AI & ML). AI based algorithms have proved to be very successful at learning to do very complicated tasks including playing games like Chess, Atari games from the 80’s and Go. It is only a matter of time before these same techniques get applied on the offensive side to attack and exploit applications.

On the flip side there are a number of solutions that claim to use AI and ML to defend against those pesky hackers, let alone those persistent computer algorithms. The reality is that the odds are stacked against the defenders with the AI and ML problem more suited to offensive than defensive applications.

This presentation takes a high level look at the state-of-the-art in machine learning and AI with respect to Application Security examining how these may be used in both offensive and defensive applications.

The presentation will examine how clever algorithms including reinforcement learning and math hacks may be used to trivially evade state of the art defensive applications. We also look at what our defensive options are. The presentation finishes by predicting where all this may lead and the impact on application security.

What to expect form this session:

  • A high level look at machine learning and AI with respect to Application Security, examining how these may be used in both offensive and defensive applications
  • Explore how clever algorithms can bypass state-of-the-art AI applications
  • Predict where all this may lead and the impact on application security


08:30    Breakfast & Networking 

09:00    Etienne Greeff's Talk

10:30    Open discussion and Q&A

11:00    Close

Etienne Greeff - CTO & Founder, SecureData

Etienne Greeff is one of the early pioneers of the information security industry. He has spent over 20 years promoting the innovative use of technology and services to solve complex customer issues: founding, growing and successfully exiting a number of information security businesses.

As CTO of SecureData, Etienne is passionate about cementing its status as a complete security services provider. He is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa with a BSc in Electrical Engineering.

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Charl van der Walt - Strategic Director, SecureData/SensePost

After many years in an "attack and penetration" testing role at SensePost, Charl van der Walt has a deep understanding of the "offensive" paradigm within information security with a particular interest and passion for teaching and training.

Charl has been a security training adviser to the US DoD for over 5 years, has acted as a network security consultant for the Commonwealth Games and co-authored numerous security books like The Penetration Tester's Open Source Toolkit, Stealing the Network: How to Own a Continent and Aggressive Network Self-Defence.


The roundtable session is conducted under Chatham House Rule. Participants are therefore free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.