Machine Learning: Perception Problem? Maybe. Pipe Dream? No Way!

Guided by an organization’s internal security experts,’algorithmic assistants’ provide a powerful new way to find anomalies and patterns for detecting cyberthreat activity. Machine learning has a perception problem. I recently met with a public company CEO who told me that “machine learning” has become an overused buzzword just like “big data” was a few years ago. Only it’s even worse with machine learning because no one really understands what it means. In the most common misperception, machine learning is thought to be a magic box of algorithms that you let loose on your data and they start producing nuggets of brilliant insight for you. If you apply this misperception to the use of machine learning for cybersecurity, you might think that after deploying machine learning, your security experts will be…


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