How do hackers think and what can you do to protect your organization? Author and CEO, Stuart McClure, explains it all on this episode of CXOTalk. 

Stuart McClure leads Cylance as CEO and visionary for the first math-based approach to threat detection, prevention, and response. Stuart is the creator and founding-author of one of the most successful security books of all time, Hacking Exposed. As one of the industry’s leading authorities, he is widely recognized for his extensive and in-depth knowledge of security. Prior to Cylance, Stuart was EVP, Global CTO and General Manager at McAfee/Intel Security.

For more information on the mathematics of machine learning and security see these two videos:

Episode Outline

How has cybersecurity changed?

What were the nature of threats historically?
How is it different today?
What does this evolution mean for security today?

Interesting or unexpected attacks

Give us a few examples of strange or unexpected attacks?
What happened?
Why did it happen?
How could it have been prevented? Who should have prevented it?

Fear and loathing

What keeps you up at night?
Why does this specifically make you afraid?
How serious is the threat?
What actions do you personally take to stay safe?

Internet of things, industrial internet of things, and critical infrastructure

What are we talking about here?
To what extent is critical infrastructure at risk?
Has there been destruction so far?
What should “we” do about it? And, who is “we” – corporations, governments, citizens?

Mathematical security and machine learning

What is mathematical security? Explain in simple terms for a sophisticated audience?
Why do we need this?
What is relationship to machine learning and AI?
How effective are these techniques?
What are the limitations of these techniques?

The future of security

What will cybersecurity look like in the next 4-5 years? What will cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities look like?
How will AI techniques employed by cybersecurity bad actors change the blocking, detection, and response? In other words, what will mitigation look like?
Are we creating an AI arms race in cybersecurity?

Staying safe - corporate

What should companies do to manage security?
Where does the role of Chief Information Security Officer fit?
What advice do you have for boards of directors?

Staying safe - individuals

What should individuals do today to manage their own security?
What should I tell my mother, who can barely use a computer, on how to stay safe online?
Is defending against cyberattacks as hopeless as it seems?