Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC) 2018

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Keynote: AI in Cybersecurity: Applications, Open Problems, and Future Directions

Thursday, 6 December 2018
09:00 - 10:00

Royal Ballroom

Chair: David Balenson


Artificial Intelligence (AI) is increasingly being used in cybersecurity for applications such as threat detection,  vulnerability prediction, risk management, and authentication. This talk will survey state-of-the-art applications of AI in cybersecurity and discuss industry deployments. At the same time, AI algorithms deployed in these critical environments need to be robust in face of advanced, strongly motivated attackers. The talk will also highlight several open problems and future directions in securing AI algorithms and make them resilient in adversarial environments.


About the Speaker:

Alina Oprea

Alina Oprea is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Northeastern University’s College of Computer and Information Science since August 2016. She is interested in security analytics, adversarial machine learning, cloud and network security, and applied cryptography. Prior to her position at Northeastern, Alina was a consultant research scientist at RSA Laboratories, where she transitioned her security analytics research into industry.
Alina received a BS in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Bucharest in Romania in 2000. She also earned M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 2003 and 2007, respectively. Co-author of many journal and peer-review conference papers, she has also participated in a large number of technical program committees (IEEE S&P, NDSS, ACM CCS, and ACSAC) and is a co-inventor on more than 20 issued patents. She is currently co-chairing the 2019 Network and Distributed System Security (NDSS) conference and is an associate editor for the ACM Transactions on Privacy and Security (TOPS) journal. Alina is the recipient of the Best Paper Award at the 2005 Network and Distributed System Security (NDSS) Conference, the Best Paper Award at the 2017 ACM Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Security (AISEC), and the 2011 Technology Review TR35 award for her research in cloud security.


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