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Thursday, January 9 • 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Cybersecurity Data Science 2020: Practitioner Perspectives and Guidance

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Cybersecurity Data Science (CSDS) is a rapidly emerging practitioner discipline at the intersection of two fields of intense public and commercial interest. CSDS emerges from the growing practice of applying data science to prevent, detect, and remediate expanding and evolving cybersecurity threats.  It offers a range of methods to address growing challenges in the cybersecurity domain, including rapidly evolving threats, expanding vulnerabilities, shrinking human resources, data overload, and challenges with orchestrating automated decisioning.

Because CSDS is in the early stages of professionalization, however, gaps in its practice impede its effectiveness. This presentation seeks to characterize the emerging CSDS professional discipline from the perspective of practitioners. Results from interviews with 50 global cybersecurity data scientists will be summarized and reviewed. Common themes raised in interviews will be framed to provide attendees with practical guidance on implementing CSDS solutions and programs. Through an aggregated analysis of interview themes, this presentation seeks to address the following questions:

• What is the professional status of cybersecurity data science?
• What are its perceived central challenges?
• What methodological and technical trends are emerging?
• What are the key best practices based on the collective experiences of peers?
• What aspects of data science are appearing on the adversarial side?

In mapping CSDS boundaries and gaps based on comprehensive practitioner input, this presentation offers guidance to practitioners, managers, and researchers interested to advance CSDS professional practice and general effectiveness. This includes those who are planning operational programmatic implementations and/or research initiatives. As this research will be published in a forthcoming book, the hope is to gain feedback from the community on the best practices and challenges it has identified. This presentation advances the 2019 presentation by extending and completing the research and analysis that was previously conducted .

Attendees Will Learn:
This talk addresses fundamental questions concerning the status of cybersecurity data science (CSDS) as an emerging profession. Based upon interviews with 50 global cybersecurity data scientists, the talk offers guidance from those at the forefront of this emerging domain. Attendees will:
• Gain advice from CSDS practitioners for those seeking to implement solutions
• Learn key stumbling blocks and gaps in deploying CSDS solutions
• Learn how organizational, process, and technical factors must align to deliver on CSDS
Summarizing research from a forthcoming book, this talk will be of interest to practitioners, managers, and planners seeking to understand CSDS challenges and best practices.

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Scott Mongeau

Cybersecurity Data Scientist, SAS Institute
Scott Mongeau is a Cybersecurity Data Scientist - Principal Business Solutions Manager at SAS Institute. He has three decades of experience in designing and deploying data-intensive solutions in a range of industries, including management consulting, software and services, financial... Read More →

Thursday January 9, 2020 2:30pm - 3:00pm EST
Regency Ballroom Hyatt Regency Savannah 2 W. Bay Street Savannah GA 31401