Data Science and Security with SOPHOS Data Scientist Hillary Sanders

SOPHOSHillary Sanders and I sat down for a chat at SpiceWorld 2017 in Austin about data science and security. We discussed the ins and outs of data science, machine learning, neural networks, and how this data helps security researchers. Ms. Sanders is a data scientist and data science researcher at SOPHOS. As you’ll see in the video, she loses me in part of the discussion. I’m very familiar with biological neural networks but the computer ones are pretty complex. These neural networks and their reliance on big data is the significant first step toward some pretty impressive artificial intelligence (AI) possibilities.

Although Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking have warned us about the future of AI, I think that AI is the true future of computing. And I’ve thought so for a very long time, beginning back in the day when I wanted to learn LISP and Prolog programming. Unfortunately, I did not have the financial resources to learn those languages at the time. I digress.

Hillary explains data science and her work in such a way that I hope many more young people will be inspired to follow her into this next exciting chapter of computing. She is also an accomplished artist and you should view her work at Her site isn’t just art, it’s also about her work as a data scientist and a programmer. Check out the Cheatsheets page.

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Interview with Cybersecurity Forensic Expert Simon Smith (Podcast)

eVestigator Simon SmithIt’s not often you get to talk to a real cybersecurity expert.┬áSimon is an expert programmer, cyberforensics expert, and a security maven. Recently he exposed a criminal who used a VPN (Secure, private connection to the Internet) who thought he’d gotten away. Simon’s investigative abilities proved otherwise. Simon owns eVestigator, a company that specializes in helping victims of hacks, breaches, and other cybercrimes. He’s the real deal and has the track record to prove it. Just look at the list of his certifications and diplomas. He also has solved more than 350 cybersecurity and cybercrime cases.

During this podcast, we discussed the role of artificial intelligence in cybersecurity and the human element, its removal, and its requirement.

Preston and I were glad to speak to Simon and hope to have him back on the show to discuss other hot security topics.

Podcast details:

Length: 23:31 minutes. Format: MP3. Rating: G for all audiences.

Preston and I want to remind you to stay secure.