Welcome to LSEC, an internationally renowned Information security cluster, a not for profit organization that has the objective to promote Information Security and the expertise in BeNeLux and Europe. Founded by the University of Leuven (K.U. Leuven), supported by European Commission FP7 and leading a unique PAN European Private partnership that interacts with Public Institutions, LSEC connects security industry experts, research institutes and universities, government agencies, end users, funding bodies and technical experts who are driving national and European research agendas. LSEC activities aim to raise cyber security awareness, support innovation and competitiveness of the European IT- Security market and promote the visibility of its members.
The AI4Business Summit challenged us to present an overview on the state of play of the use of Artifial Intelligence in the Cybersecurity Industry. By positioning Cybersecurity in the context of Risk Management and Security, AI is being utilized already in many defense and security applications such as law enforcement and military robots and increasingly in our home office and business environments. The Cybersecurity sector itself has been applying AI and Machine Learning techniques already for nearly two decades now. With today's 240+ billion Security events happening on a daily basis, there is no longer any human capacity capable of handling these challenges. Next to automation, big data and data analysis, patterns are being recognised and alerted. These tools became the basis for the current Cybersecurity Industry major players such as McAfee, Black Carbon, Crowdstrike, IBM, ... Capturing data from different sensors is the basic premise, utilizing ML, AI in various mechanisms applying mathematical models to investigate security incidents and detect new forms of malwares, detecting the impact on major and smaller European enterprises and supporting the malware analysts in their daily operations. But equally intelligent were the malversaries by utilising AI techniques to detect the weakest links, assess when the time is right to strike into specific platforms or support local R&D teams finding the next vulnerabilities on the basis of automated detection. We've also indicated how AI is being used to evade detection and prevention techniques, or how criminals today use data to actually master the lack of capabilities from law enforcement in a certain region. We've also positioned developments such as Deep Fake to indicate its potential impact on both the use of NLP, and its use in phising campaigns, convincing target about their welwilligness to support. Our journey ends where we started: indicating the potential for robots, but by indicating their lacking cybersecurity postures and indicating potential impact from AI, it will be a long and windy road.
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LSEC and 3IF.be are Digital Innovation Hubs and Centres of Excellence in Cybersecurity and Digital Transformation for Manufacturing in Europe and have started expanding their expertise into the highly impactfull domain of robotics. Robots are widely used in industrial production environments and increasingly in logistics, healthcare and home appliances. Most of the traditional robot systems are being operated by a PLC and / or a specific robot controller. But even while being isolated in industrial networks, these machines are not free from harm. Both human safety and product quality are at stake. But more increasingly flexible, autonomous and versatile robots have entered in to the industrial domain. Collaborative robots are being released from their cages and put in close cooperation with humans. That positive trend also sees a significant decline in cost for robotics. Partially thanks to the availability of standard technologies and the interconnectivity of the robotic systems. But most of the robotic systems lack a fundamentel cybersecurity posture. LSEC and 3IF.be have joined TRINITY as part of the Digital Transformation program of the European Commission, bringing together Cybersecurity experts and robotics experts and improving the overall cybersecurity gesture of robotic implementations. For more information please visit the 3IF.be website. Part of this program is an open call that will open 2nd half of 2019 for innovative robotic projects to take place. The activity will be widely discussed at the upcoming European Robotics Forum (ERF) 2019 in Bucharest. More information and presentations can be found on the Cybersecurity for Robotics page.
The annual Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) event is organzed by LSEC for a selected group of Cyber Security officers and intelligence experts. This year again it took place at the IBM Executive Briefing Center in Brussels with experts from the Royal Military Academy, ENISA, CERT.BE, EclecticIQ, SPLUNK, IBM, FIREEYE and the AI Lab of the Free Brussels University (VUB). There is a continuous growth in incidents and cyberattacks taking place, for which organizations will increasingly have to ensure to strenghten their cyber intelligence and resilience in order to cope with incidents. The management of incidents requires advanced skills and a strong network of peers and partners. Presentations have been made available for download from the program page, on the LSEC website.
On June 12th, 5G World was organized in London in the Excel. Developed as KNECT365, LSEC presented a perspective on developments of IoT vs 5G having in mind various developments.
Afterwards LSEC hosted and moderated the panel discussion with O2 (Telefonica UK), Mavenir and King's College London.
The presentation can be downloaded, upon registration to the LSEC website.