BSides Boston 2016 has ended
Back To Schedule
Saturday, May 21 • 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Getting Started with Machine Learning for Incident Detection
Organizations today are collecting more information about what's going on in their environments than ever before, but manually sifting through all this data to find evil on your network is next to impossible. Increasingly, companies are turning to big data analytics and machine learning to detect security incidents. Most of these solutions are black-box products that cannot be easily tailored to the environments in which they run. Therefore, reliable detection of security incidents remains elusive, and there is a distinct lack of open source innovation.

It doesn't have to be this way! Many security pros think nothing of whipping up a script to extract downloaded files from a PCAP, yet recoil in horror at the idea of writing their own machine learning tools. The "analytics barrier" is perceived to be very high, but getting started is much easier than you think!

In this presentation, we’ll walk through the creation of a simple Python script that can learn to find malicious activity in your HTTP proxy logs. At the end of it all, you'll not only gain a useful tool to help you identify things that your IDS and SIEM might have missed, but you’ll also have the knowledge necessary to adapt that code to other uses as well.


David J. Bianco

David J. Bianco is a Security Technologist at Sqrrl Data, Inc. Before coming to work as a Security Technologist and DFIR subject matter expert at Sqrrl, he led the hunt team at Mandiant, helping to develop and prototype innovative approaches to detect and respond to network attacks... Read More →

Chris McCubbin

Chris McCubbin is the Director of Data Science and a co-founder of Sqrrl Data, Inc. His primary task is prototyping new designs and algorithms to extend the capabilities of the Sqrrl Enterprise cybersecurity solution. Prior to cofounding Sqrrl, he spent 2 years developing big-data... Read More →

Saturday May 21, 2016 4:00pm - 4:45pm EDT
NERD 1 Memorial Dr
  Build It
  • Room Paul