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Human-machine teaming: Why the human element will always be indispensable in cybersecurity

Candace Worley (McAfee)
4:50pm-5:30pm Thursday, September 6, 2018

Who is this presentation for?

  • C-level executives and technical architects considering the use of AI techniques for improving cybersecurity

Prerequisite knowledge

  • A basic understanding of today's high-profile network security issues

What you'll learn

  • Learn why AI and machine learning are so important in cybersecurity, why the human element remains critical, and the unique demands in cybersecurity that drive human-machine teaming


Industry luminaries continue to opine about the potential threat by AI to human jobs and even humanity itself. Much of the conversation focuses on the threats. Candace Worley argues that the future isn’t about AI or machine learning; it’s about human-machine teaming.

Machines are best at processing massive quantities of data and being able to use complex models that require tremendous amounts of computing power to perform operations that inherently require scale. Humans have strategic intellect, the understanding of the game theory of how an opponent may be going or could go about hacking their organization. They can predict how an attack might play out, even if it’s never been seen before.

Candace explains why as long as there are human adversaries behind cybercrime and cyberwarfare, there will always be a critical need for human intellect teamed with technology. Along the way, she also explores the critical need for intellectual honesty regarding product capabilities and details why the cybersecurity industry is very different from any other field utilizing AI and ML.

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Candace Worley


Candace Worley is vice president and chief technical strategist at McAfee, where she manages a worldwide team of technical strategists responsible for driving thought leadership and advancing technical innovation in McAfee security solutions. During her time at McAfee, Candace has held a number of technology leadership positions, including five and a half years as the senior vice president and general manager of the Enterprise Endpoint Security business. Previously, Candace was vice president for enterprise solutions for Intel’s Security Group, where she had worldwide responsibility for all facets of product and vertical marketing for the complete corporate products solutions set, and spent seven years with Mentor Graphics, where she led a team of product managers responsible for electronic design automation and electronic component software. She holds a bachelor’s degree in management from Oregon State University and an MBA from Marylhurst University.