Taking place on October 18 and 19 at EcXel London, #RISK London addresses the issues impacting organisational risk today, from Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC), to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), organisational culture, and much more.
The event builds on the success of #RISK 2022, allowing organisations to examine the cumulative nature of risk, unite GRC specialities and share views with subject-matter experts.
Minesh Pandya is Director, Cybersecurity and Privacy at PKF GM. He has over 15 years of industry experience leading high-performing technical and non-technical IT and cyber teams and is a trusted advisor to CEOs, CIOs, Board of Directors and Executive Committees.
The Role of AI in Cybersecurity: Opportunities and Challenges
Wednesday 18th October 2023, 11:00am - 12:00pm BST
We caught up with Minesh to hear more about his professional journey to date and for insight into the issues on the table at his forthcoming #RISK London session.
Could you briefly outline your career so far?
I began my career as a software engineer, but my fascination for networks led me to retrain and transition into network engineering. Subsequently, I moved into security consulting and have been leading consulting teams for the past 15 years.
Currently, I hold the position of Director at PKF, leading their UK cyber division with a focus on advisory and remediation services. I am recognized as an industry subject matter expert and thought leader.
How important a role is AI going to play in the future of security and threat detection?
AI is already playing an important role today or security and threat detection in elements such as malware detection, web application security and User and Entity Behaviour Analytics (UEBA).
The technology can analyse vast amounts of data quickly in real-time, enabling it to identify patterns and anomalies that might be missed by humans and traditional security tools.
While human supervision is still necessary in security and threat detection, advancements in technology are likely to reduce the amount of supervision required. AI’s role is expected to grow in areas like Automated Incident Response and Authentication services.
What are the primary challenges facing organisations as they move to leverage AI to improve cyber defences?
Data privacy stands out as a major concern for organisations, given AI’s potential access to sensitive and personal information. This concern is compounded by legal and regulatory challenges surrounding data protection, liability, and accountability.
Moreover, there is a legitimate concern about potential attacks against the AI model itself. For example, if an attacker corrupts the training data, it could produce inaccurate output results, leading to severe consequences, especially in industries like healthcare where AI systems are gaining significant traction.
Another area of major concern is the supply chain. Earlier this year, we witnessed a popular AI tool succumbing to a software supply chain vulnerability that originated in one of its supplier’s codebases, causing an outage for a few hours.
Although this was a relatively minor vulnerability, it inadvertently exposed users’ personal information to unauthorised access. As organisations continue to adopt complex AI tools, managing supply chain risk becomes even more challenging.
“The Role of AI in Cybersecurity: Opportunities and Challenges”.
In this session, security and AI experts will explore the role of AI in cybersecurity. Panellists will discuss the opportunities that AI presents for improving security and detecting threats, as well as the challenges that organisations face when implementing AI solutions.
Panellists will share their insights and experiences in using AI to protect against cyberattacks, discussing topics such as the potential of AI to automate security processes, the limitations of current AI technology, and the ethical considerations surrounding the use of AI in security.
Attendees will obtain practical advice on how to leverage the power of AI to improve your organisation’s cyber defences.
Also on the panel
- (Host) Yasmin Hinds, Global Head of Privacy, Pontoon Solutions
- Cora Hul, Global Functions Information Risk Manager, Shell
- Huang Xiao, Principal Research Scientist (Artificial Intelligence), HSBC
- Jules Pagna Disso, Head of Cyber Risk Intelligence, Insider Technology Risk and Digital Asset Risk, BNP Paribas
- Artem Tabalin, VP of Engineering, Metomic
Session: The Role of AI in Cybersecurity: Opportunities and Challenges
Location: Security Theatre
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm BST
Date: Wednesday 18 October 2023
The session sits within a packed two-day agenda of insight and guidance at #RISK London, taking place on October 18 and 19 at EcXel London.
The event unites thought leaders and subject matter experts for a deep-dive into organisational approaches to handling risk. Content is delivered through keynotes, presentations and panel discussions.