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Nicole Eagan

Nicole Eagan

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CEO at Darktrace

As Chief Executive Officer of Darktrace, Nicole Eagan has established the company as the global leader of AI cyber defense. Her extensive career spans 25 years working for Oracle and early to late-stage growth companies. Named 'AI Leader of the Year' in 2017, Nicole has introduced disruptive machine learning to enterprises of all sizes. Today, Darktrace has a valuation of $1.65 billion and counts Insight, KKR, Summit Partners, and Samsung among its investors. Darktrace’s innovative approach to cyber security has won more than 100 awards and the company has been named one of WSJ's Tech Companies to Watch, Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies, and the CNBC Disruptor 50.

  • State and local governments are engaged in a new cyber security arms race which is driving them to mature and expand their cyber technology capabilities to protect key assets and maintain normal operations. Increasingly sophisticated adversaries are targeting the fallibility of humans and email systems

    State and local governments are engaged in a new cyber security arms race which is driving them to mature and expand their cyber technology capabilities to protect key assets and maintain normal operations. Increasingly sophisticated adversaries are targeting the fallibility of humans and email systems to launch attacks, and as the article states, city hall doesn’t work weekends. The cyber security community needs to assist state and local government to deploy machine learning technology at an affordable cost to bolster defenses.

  • The exposure of Suprema’s biometric data and PII is arguably one of the most serious vulnerabilities discovered. Like the OPM breach in 2015, which compromised the fingerprints of millions of US citizens, the nature of the data in this case is unprecedentedly sensitive. The value of this data for reuse

    The exposure of Suprema’s biometric data and PII is arguably one of the most serious vulnerabilities discovered. Like the OPM breach in 2015, which compromised the fingerprints of millions of US citizens, the nature of the data in this case is unprecedentedly sensitive. The value of this data for reuse is extremely high. Unlike other forms of identification, biometric data cannot be changed.

  • This was a highly sophisticated attack that targeted a select group. The attack was also very stealthy, given that it required no user input — a no click attack — and allowed hackers to access target devices discreetly. It challenges our expectations of which platforms are secure and which are not.

  • Given the shortage of skilled cyber security personnel, sophistication of adversaries, and machine speed of attacks, AI should be a component of the executive order to the DHS along with OMB. Augmenting workers with Cyber AI would expand the talent pool to include those with technical, mathematical

    Given the shortage of skilled cyber security personnel, sophistication of adversaries, and machine speed of attacks, AI should be a component of the executive order to the DHS along with OMB. Augmenting workers with Cyber AI would expand the talent pool to include those with technical, mathematical, or scientific aptitude who do not yet have firsthand experience defending against cyber attacks. As we collectively prepare for Offensive AI attacks, this will soon become a necessity.