Cyber Talk Radio: Machine Learning Security

Machine Learning Security - Week 1 of Cyber Talk Radio

This past Saturday, September 24th, the first episode of Cyber Talk Radio hit the airwaves on 1200 WOAI and iHeartRadio streaming. Show archives are available on the Cyber Talk Radio website or directly on the Cyber Talk Radio YouTube Channel

To open the discussion we covered a machine learning background including mentions of TensorFlow, Watson, Tay, and many other examples of consumer facing AI as well as developer tools to build your own systems. After establishing a baseline we started to discuss the impact machine learning (aka. artificial intelligence) will have on security.

The birth of a new security product category – The AI Firewall?

When the internet began you’d directly connect to it just like a big “home network” from a trust perspective. As more people connected and port scanners such as nmap became available the need for a firewall appeared. As basic services were now guarded by firewalls attackers move to the open services and went deeper. This created the web application vulnerability scanners and led to web application firewalls (WAFs). Now attackers are turning more and more often to social engineering led attacks which are very manual or unsophisticated today.

With machine learning we will see “social vulnerability scanners” appear en masse and with a high level of sophistication. Many IT organizations run “social scans” against their employees today to help with security awareness and defend their business from phishing. Through the use of artificial intelligence hackers will be able to make more context and time relevant attacks in an automated manner. Charlie and I talk about this and the implications of it in more detail on the program. The end result is I believe we’ll see AI Firewalls coming soon.

Upcoming Episodes – Saturday nights from 11:00 p.m. to Midnight

  • October 1st, 2016: Security on social networks with Matt Wilbanks, CEO of HelpSocial
  • October 8th, 2016: Malware hunting with Chris Gerritz, CEO of Infocyte
  • October 15th, 2016: National Cyber Security Awareness Month & Hot Topics with John Engates, CTO of Rackspace

Future Guests

  • Application security with John Dickson and Dan Cornell, Principals of Denim Group
  • Authentication security with Paul Querna, CTO of ScaleFT

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About Cyber Talk Radio

Cyber Talk Radio is a 1200 WOAI radio show that airs every Saturday at 11:00 p.m. The weekly show hosted by Bret Piatt, CEO at Jungle Disk, will feature guest speakers to discuss cloud computing, cybersecurity and Internet trends facing businesses in industries such as healthcare, financial services, legal and real estate. As a major Cyber City in the U.S. and home to over 80 information security companies, San Antonio is an ideal city to host Cyber Talk Radio and educate local businesses and listeners. To learn more about Cyber Talk Radio, request a topic or submit to be a guest speaker, visit

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