While we strongly encourage you to use the virtual machine, if you choose not to use the VM, you will need R and RStudio with the native R kernel for Jupyter or Python Anaconda (recommended) and Jupyter installed.
Join Jay Jacobs, Charles Givre, and Bob Rudis for a hands-on, in-depth exploration into the foundations of security data science. You’ll learn how to explore and analyze data you probably already have and gain valuable exposure to and experience with tools and techniques to prepare, analyze, and visualize the knowledge hiding in your data. Jay, Charles, and Bob guide you through working with three hands-on, practical applications with real data, introducing each in a language-agnostic approach before providing language-specific guidance for hands-on work. A GitHub repository with the examples will be available so that you can revisit the examples and continue learning after the training.
If you are a security analyst and need to leverage more data in your analyses, are working in operations and know you can pull out more from the data you have, or already identify vulnerabilities and weaknesses in systems and networks but need to better communicate your team’s findings during engagements, this is the training for you.
Introductions and core concepts (90 minutes)
Core data visualization (90 minutes)
Tooling up—hands-on lab (30 minutes)
Core exploratory data analysis (60 minutes)
Exploratory data analysis and visualization challenge—hands-on lab (90 minutes)
Day 1 wrap-up (30 minutes)
Project showcase from Day 1 (30 minutes)
Core clustering and unsupervised learning (60 minutes)
Vulnerability data challenge—hands-on lab (90 minutes)
Morning wrap-up (30 minutes)
Core classification and supervised learning (60 minutes)
Domain-generating algorithms—hands-on lab (90 minutes)
Course wrap-up (30 minutes)
Jay Jacobs is the senior data scientist at BitSight Technologies. Previously, Jay spent four years as the lead data analyst for the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report. Jay is the coauthor of Data-Driven Security, which covers data analysis and visualizations for information security, and hosts the Data-Driven Security and R World News podcast. Jay is also a cofounder of the Society of Information Risk Analysts and currently serves on its board of directors. Jay is active in the R community; he coordinates his local R user group for the greater Minneapolis area and contributes to local events and functions supporting data analysis.
Charles Givre is an unapologetic data geek who is passionate about helping others learn about data science and become passionate about it themselves. For the last five years, Charles has worked as a data scientist at Booz Allen Hamilton for various government clients and has done some really neat data science work along the way, hopefully saving US taxpayers some money. Most of his work has been in developing meaningful metrics to assess how well the workforce is performing. For the last two years, Charles has been part of the management team for one of Booze Allen Hamilton’s largest analytic contracts, where he was tasked with increasing the amount of data science on the contract—both in terms of tasks and people.
Even more than the data science work, Charles loves learning about and teaching new technologies and techniques. He has been instrumental in bringing Python scripting to both his government clients and the analytic workforce and has developed a 40-hour Introduction to Analytic Scripting class for that purpose. Additionally, Charles has developed a 60-hour Fundamentals of Data Science class, which he has taught to Booz Allen staff, government civilians, and US military personnel around the world. Charles has a master’s degree from Brandeis University, two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Arizona, and various IT security certifications. In his nonexistent spare time, he plays trombone, spends time with his family, and works on restoring British sports cars.
Bob Rudis has over 20 years of experience using data to help defend global Fortune 100 companies. Bob is currently (master) chief security data scientist at Rapid7. He was formerly a security data scientist and managing principal at Verizon, overseeing the team that produces the annual Data Breach Investigations Report. Bob is a serial tweeter, an avid blogger, the author of Data-Driven Security, a speaker, and a regular contributor to the open source community. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Society of Information Risk Analysts, is on the editorial board of the SANS Securing the Human program, and was cochair of the 2014 Metricon security metrics/analytics conference. Bob was chosen as one of SANS’s People Who Made a Difference in Security in 2015 and holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Scranton.
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