21 - 25 May 2018

28 & 29 May 2018


Neil Thacker, CISO, EMEA, Netskope

Neil Thacker

CISO, EMEA, Netskope

Neil Thacker CISSP, CIPP/E, CEH & OPST is CISO, EMEA for Netskope, has 20 years' experience in the information security industry, with 10 years' financial services experience in the insurance and banking arena. He is a member of the ENISA Threat Landscape stakeholder group, where he contributes to the EU agency programme, alongside CERTs, to position the threat landscape, offer mitigation advice and threat analysis and automation innovation. Thacker is also co-founder and board member of the Security Advisor Alliance, a not-for-profit organisation formed to help security leaders in their role, engage and support interest in the infosec industry and offer advice and tools to move organisations towards improved risk and data-centric strategies.

Neil Thacker will be speaking on the following topic:

Cybernetics 2020 – Automation, Algorithms & AI

This talk will position the current state of human and machine mechanics and the next steps for automation in cybersecurity. From the first Automatic Computing Engine in the 1950's through to the present day, technology, mathematics and science have run parallel to accelerate artificial applied intelligence into mainstream applications. With the focus on connectionism and the use of bayesian and artificial neuron techniques and their exposure to large datasets, this talk will translate simulation examples into real-world use cases that can be applied to modern cybersecurity programmes.

  • Understand the role of automation in a cybersecurity program including first steps to build decision trees based on probable models
  • The role of the human. Monitor, Model, Apply – how reinforced learning skills can be applied to day-to-day operations


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