Sep 9–12, 2019

How self-learning AI can understand a company from the inside out

Nicole Eagan (Darktrace)
11:05am11:45am Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Location: 230 B



While nearly every firm seeks to capitalize on market trends, foster brand awareness, and understand the host of external factors that shape their success, the most robust businesses are those that recognize the need to first look in the mirror and learn about themselves. Indeed, such self-awareness is more critical than ever before, as anything from poor company culture to inefficient workstreams to insider threat can prove fatal in today’s highly competitive global economy.

Given the rapid digitization of modern business and the movement of key assets to the cloud, surprisingly few organizations have full visibility into their own operations. With sometimes thousands of IoT devices, cloud instances, and employee teams scattered across the world, the challenge of achieving this foundational visibility has become too daunting to be met by people alone.

Nicole Eagan outlines how leaders in both the public and private sector are deploying cyber-AI: an application of artificial intelligence that self-learns how a company functions from the inside. Continuously refining its sense of normal behavior for that network’s user and devices while “on the job,” cyber-AI enables organizations to know who’s accessing their vital assets and sensitive data in real time, while the technology’s inherent adaptiveness allows it to keep pace as these organizations inevitably evolve and grow. Between preventing costly employee errors, parrying sophisticated cyberattacks, and complying with increasingly strict data privacy regulations, cyber-AI is now an indispensable tool. Ultimately, its continued adoption is empowering both businesses and governments to understand the most important determiner of their long-term health: themselves.

Prerequisite knowledge

  • A working knowledge of the capabilities of AI (useful but not required)

What you'll learn

  • Understand how unsupervised machine learning provides you with unparalleled visibility into the inside of your organization and why this type of understanding of self is critical to a business’ success
  • See use cases of AI, including due diligence, risk insurance, and regulatory compliance
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Nicole Eagan


Nicole Eagan is CEO of Darktrace, where she’s reinventing the conversation around cybersecurity. Nicole has successfully delivered Darktrace’s disruptive machine learning technology to the global market and positioned the company as an international leader in cyberdefense. An expert in developing and executing strategies for high-growth businesses, Nicole has secured Darktrace $65 million in series-C funding from KKR and led the company to 600% year-on-year growth. Under her leadership, Darktrace’s innovative approach to cybersecurity has won over 20 awards, including World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, and Nicole was named woman of the year at the 2016 Cyber Security Awards. Her extensive career as a technology executive also includes over 25 years of commercial and marketing experience.

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