July 2019: Data Management From A Penetration Tester’s Perspective

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Presented by John Stephens, CISSP

Managing Partner, Luminant Digital Security

Data Management from a Penetration Tester’s Perspective – Zero Trust and Compliance

It’s pretty much a daily occurrence where we hear some vulnerability or hack or about this or that breach, resulting in information disclosure on what seems increasingly to be hundreds of thousands or millions of records. And if that wasn’t enough, it’s become a regular occurrence where we hear about how some city opted to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in ransom. Now, we could spend all day talking about all the things that went wrong to get to this point. That could include security patching, application development, system configuration, etc. One item that’s often overlooked is Data Management and its impact on security. In nearly every hack or breach, the ultimate goal of the attacker is to get to the data so it can be monetized. So how you manage the data is critical.

This presentation is designed to give you insight into how attacks are executed, the tools and tricks the attackers use, and how data management can play a role in minimizing the damage when a breach occurs, or perhaps stopping it altogether. This effort can be significantly enhanced by adopting a zero trust approach with data access and backups. It can be significantly hindered by checklist “compliance” efforts that are not grounded in secure best practices. We’ll talk about these items based on observations and experience during actual Penetration Tests, so you can hear firsthand how data management can play a role in securing your data.

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May 2019: Solving Common Data Problems, Methods & Tactics

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Presented by Neil Barton

CTO, WhereScape

Neil and his colleagues at WhereScape Consulting are an experienced set of chaps that will build (or assist with) data warehouse projects. For this months presentation we have asked Neil to come and talk to us about common data problems he encounters with large data migrations and how he and the team at Wherescape solve them as well as his thoughts around identifying and normalizing master data when combining multiple legacy systems We intend this to be an interactive session so bring your questions or data problems you are struggling with and let’s start the discussion.

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April 2019: Data Lakes & AutoML

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Presented by Jason Robey

Cloud Solution Architect, Data & AI, Microsoft

This talk is a two-parter. Microsoft Cloud Solution Architect Jason Robey joins us on April 18th to share two areas of great interest for our members.

The first area of discussion will be on the establishment of a data lake: governance and best practices and how to keep your lake ecosystem healthy and vibrant. Have you swam in a data lake before? Has your company? No matter what your experience level this portion of the talk should offer some great tips.

The second half of Jason’s talk will be on automated machine learning (AutoML). Automating the construction and tuning of machine learning models has long been a goal for many analytics teams. Existing automated machine learning (AutoML) techniques have been remarkably successful in identifying good parameters for a given model, sometimes even outperforming humans. AutoML iterates over many combinations of machine learning algorithms and parameters. It then finds the best-fit model based on your chosen accuracy metric. Jason will demo some of these experiments during the second half of his presentation.

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February 2019: Data Set and API Development At Scale with R and Tensorflow

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Presented by Tim O’Brien

T-Mobile AI

When tasked with creating the first customer-facing machine learning model at T-Mobile, we were faced with a conundrum. We had been told time and time again to deploy machine learning models in production you had to use Python, but our very best data scientists were fluent in building neural networks in R with Keras and TensorFlow. Determined to avoid double work, we decided to use R in production for our machine learning models. After months of work, wrangling our containers to meet cloud security compliance, and conforming to DevOps standards, we succeeded in creating a containerized API solution using the keras and plumber R packages and Docker. Today R is actively powering tools that our customers directly interact with and we have open sourced our methods.

In this talk, we’ll walk through how to deploy R models as container-based APIs, the struggles and triumphs we’ve had using R in production, and how you can design your teams to optimize for this sort of innovation. We’ll also cover using Amazon SageMaker GroundTruth for labeling data sets at-scale and demonstrate how we’ve created a data labeling workflow for T-Mobile AI.

 

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January 2019: Benefits and Challenges of Migrating to the Cloud

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Presented by Joshua Skarphol

Consulting Manager, Snowflake Computing

Moving is difficult, so why bother? In this talk Joshua Skarphol will discuss the benefits of moving your data to the cloud, moving the discussion beyond the hype, and examining the security, scalability, and performance gains that cloud adoption offers. He’ll also dig into some of the common challenges and pitfalls you can expect when embarking on this journey.

In this interactive session, Joshua will discuss:

  • The challenges of migrating to a cloud solution, including overcoming the inertia of the way things are
  • Data processing impacts of moving to the cloud, including coexistence with on-premises tools and the development impacts of moving to the cloud
  • The benefits of seeing it through, including enabling business transformation and better data access

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