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Artificial intelligence is a hot topic in many industries currently, as new uses for and applications of AI are discovered to great benefit including financial savings, improved time efficiency and better automation. But is AI a threat to security or an opportunity to improve security? Thus in the course of this workshop presentations and debate will seek to enlighten attendees on what is AI’s impact on cyber security – is it a force for good or is it helping attackers leverage more resource than ever before? This day-long workshop will hear from industry case studies, academic researchers and security professionals on the full range of AI functionality to help answer these questions and more.


  • To understand the nuances of AI and where aspects of fields such as machine learning fall into the continuum of an AI definition
  • To begin to recognise the key security risks and benefits from implementing AI in industry or in organisations
  • To learn the gaps in the world of AI security and where standardisation can help

Target audience:

The target audience includes those seeking how to best leverage AI for their organisation, looking to improve their knowledge of the latest state-of-the-art in AI, or to understand how AI is currently used, with a focus on security. Academics in the fields of machine learning and artificial intelligence are welcome, as are industry security professionals who also use AI to great effect.

Artificial Intelligence & Security thread on 19 June 2019

Stable Agenda

  • Session 1: The Security Challenges of AI – Legal, Societal, Standards

    Session Chair: Alex Leadbeater, BT


    The use of AI presents security opportunities, but also many challenges. How do we secure AI systems and have confidence in what they tell us? Who is responsible if AI goes wrong? How can we assure and compare AI systems? We explore these themes and where standards play a role in securing AI and utilising AI to improve security.

  • 09:00

    Role of Security in Trustworthy AI
    Kate Reed, NCSC

  • 09:25

    Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity – the EU View
    Florent Frederix, European Commission

  • 09:50

    Ethical Governance for AI
    Scott Cadzow, CL3

  • 10:15

    Coffee & Networking Break

  • Session 2: AI as an Attack and Defence Vector

    Session Chair: Kate Reed, NCSC


    The technology behind AI has created sophisticated systems for defence. AI can defend a network intelligently: prioritising incidents, tipping abnormal behaviour and learning from the response – all reducing the load on human analysts to intervene. In this session, we explore various applications and research of AI for defence, going into the technology used to detect and prevent real attacks across a range of industry.

  • 10:45

    The use of AI/ML to Malicious URL Prediction
    Amir Javed, Cardiff University, School of Computer Science and Informatics

  • 11:05

    Insider Threat Protection
    Jamie Graves, Fortinet

  • 11:25

    Applying AI to Detect and Hunt Advanced Attackers
    Matt Walmsley, Vectra

  • 11:45

    Trustworthy, Human Centric Artificial Intelligence Systems (TBC)
    Nineta Polemi, European Commission

  • 12:05

    Applying AI to Protect 5G Control Traffic
    Antonio Pastor, Telefónica I+D

  • 12:30

    Lunch & Networking Break

  • Session 3: Real World Uses of AI in Security

    Session Chair: Patrick Donegan, HardenStance Ltd


    At times, AI can seem like science fiction – but it is already being used across industries today.

  • 14:00

    Real World Early Adopter Experience of AI in the Field
    Patrick Donegan, HardenStance Ltd

  • 14:25

    Use Cases from Using AI in an Anti-adversarial Role
    Hippolyte Fouque, Darktrace

  • 14:50

    Protective Optimization Technologies
    Svetla Nikova, KU Leuven

  • 15:15

    Coffee & Networking Break

  • Session 4: Standards and What the Future Holds

    Session Chair: Scott Cadzow, C3L

  • 15:45

    The Challenge of Applying AI in Security Controls
    Tony Rutkowski, CIS

  • 16:05

    Issues Arising from the AI Standardisation Landscape Report 
    Wolfgang Ziegler, Fraunhofer/StandICT

  • 16:25

    Panel Session on the SWOT of AI
    Kate Reed, NCSC

    Our panellists discuss the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) presented by AI in industry today. We'll hear a range of viewpoints, with early adopters already experiencing much of the SWOT aspects in real use cases. Panellists will also discuss how to maximise the Strengths and Opportunities AI presents, and how to lower the Weaknesses and Threats, through a range of approaches - including standards.


    • Patrick Donegan, HardenStance Ltd
    • Alex Leadbeater, ETSI TC Cyber Chair, BT
    • Yue Wang, ETSI ISG Experiential Networked Intelligence (ENI), Samsung
  • 17:15

    Close of the Thread & Networking Cocktail

  • Scott Cadzow, Cadzow Communications
  • Sonia Compans, ETSI
  • Alex Leadbeater, BT
  • Diego Lopez, Telefonica
  • Kirsty Paine, NCSC
  • Nicolas Thomas, Fortinet
  • Claire Vishik, Intel
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