KPN Guest Hacker Programme: The Use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Cyber Security and the Changing Role of the Telecom Operator in the Cyber Security Ecosystem

28 februari 2019
14:00u - 16:00u
KPN, The Hague, Maanplein 55, TP5, Serre

Each month KPN organizes a Guest Hacker Program. For this program KPN’s Chief Information Security Office (CISO) invites prominent experts from the security industry to tell their story. In the past, Phil Zimmermann, Martin Roesch, Mikko Hyponnen and Karsten Nohl have spoken here. This program is for employees of KPN as well as for customers of KPN.

This Guest Hacker Program will take place on the 28th of February and we welcome a special international guest. Patrick Donegan will share his thoughts on the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in cyber security as well as the changing role of the telecom operator in the cyber security ecosystem.

Patrick Donegan is Founder and Principal Analyst with HardenStance, a provider of trusted research, analysis and insight in IT and telecom security. Founded in December 2016, HardenStance’s research focuses on the intersection between the telecom and cyber security sectors.

Patrick has more than 25 years experience in the telecom and cyber-security markets. He was Chief Analyst for Heavy Reading from 2013-2016. He was Senior Analyst from 2006- 2012, during which he launched Heavy Reading’s network security research practise. He has held strategic planning roles in mobile communications for Motorola and Nortel (1999- 2005) and made his early career as a magazine editor with The Economist and The Yankee Group.

AI is already in use in cyber security. Patrick will share insights from his recent market research into the adoption of AI in the field – current and future use cases; what organizations need to do to be able to take advantage of it; the prospects of attackers starting to use AI; and how to protect the integrity of the AI systems themselves.

Having spent most of his career in the telecom sector, Patrick will also share his perspectives on the changing role of the telecom operator in the cyber security ecosystem. Having authored HardenStance “Cyber Security Innovators” papers on KPN and Deutsche Telekom and studied the cyber security strategies of other Telco’s including AT&T, Telefonica and Vodafone, Patrick will share his candid thoughts on how KPN is doing in the cyber space compared with peers.

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General information
Date: 28 February 2019
Time: 2:00 PM – max. 4:00 PM (incl. Q&A)
Location: KPN, The Hague, Maanplein 55, TP5, Serre
This talk is in English.

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