Cyber security analytics – the fusion of AI

Date: 6 August 2020, 16.00-17.00 AEST


Slides:Pete Burnap AICS

Title: AI for Cyber Security Innovation

Guest speaker: Professor Pete Burnap, Cardiff University, UK

Professor Pete Burnap is Director of Cardiff’s NCSC/EPSRC Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR). He leads AI for cybersecurity research at Airbus DTO on a part-time secondment basis.  Professor Burnap has been involved in grants in worth more than £14m, leading large awards from EPSRC, ESRC and industry on the topic of cyber security analytics – the fusion of AI, cybersecurity and risk. He is co-director of the WEFO-funded Data Innovation Accelerator (DIA) – a £3.75m investment in upskilling SMEs in South Wales to develop innovative AI-driven products and services – and sits on the UK Government’s AI Council, advising on the implementation of the industrial strategy in AI and the Data Economy.


Professor Pete Burna p will talk about innovation in the area of cyber security analytics – developing machine learning methods to detect and block cyber attacks (e.g. detecting ransomware within four seconds of execution and killing the underlying processes). Rather than just focusing on this as a ‘black box’, he will pull it apart and talk about how these methods can be used to enable security practitioners (SOC/CIRT etc) to ask and answer questions about ‘what’ and ‘why’ these methods are flagging attacks. He will also address the resilience of machine learning methods to manipulation and adversarial attacks – for example, how stable these approaches are to diversity and evolution of malware.