KeyNote: I, For One, Welcome Our New AI Over Lords

Ed Skoudis

Ed Skoudis

Speaker Bio

Ed Skoudis has taught cyber incident response and advanced penetration testing techniques to more than 15,000 cybersecurity professionals. He is a SANS Faculty Fellow and the lead for the SANS Penetration Testing Curriculum. His courses distill the essence of real-world, front-line case studies he accumulates because he is consistently one of the first experts brought in to provide after-attack analysis on major breaches where credit card and other sensitive financial data is lost.
Ed led the team that built NetWars, the low-cost, widely used cyber training and skills assessment ranges relied upon by military units and corporations with major assets at risk. His team also built CyberCity, the fully authentic urban cyber warfare simulator that was featured on the front page of the Washington Post. He was also the expert called in by the White House to test the security viability of the Trusted Internet Connection (TIC) that now protects US Government networks and lead the team that first publicly demonstrated significant security flaws in virtual machine technology. He has a rare capability of translating advanced technical knowledge into easy-to-master guidance as the popularity of his step-by-step Counter Hack books testifies. Ed earned an M.S. in Information Networking from Carnegie Mellon University, and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, summa cum laude.


Title: I, For One, Welcome Our New AI Over Lords
Subtitle: The Ultimate Insider in the Cloud
By: Ed Skoudis and Surprise Guest
Amazing new AI-based services from Amazon, Google, and Microsoft let organizations rely on automated technology to crawl through their cloud-based data stores to identify sensitive data, security weaknesses, and hacking attempts. These AI offerings are impressive and can automate security at a scale impossible to achieve by humans alone. But, to use these commercial services, organizations must allow their cloud providers access to all of that information, exposing it to the deep gaze of an AI. In this talk, Ed will analyze the security implications of such offerings, along with the ethical, business, and privacy issues they raise as cloud-based AI intertwines itself in our lives more deeply every day. Oh, and it can turn on and off your lights too!