RSA 2020, Chris Crowther

RSA 2020, Chris Crowther

While attendance at the 2020 RSA Conference might have been down; the quality of the sessions and the opportunities to meet amazing people was undiminished. With a reported 36,000 attendees, 704 speakers and 658 exhibitors, RSA 2020 maintained its position as a world leading cyber convention.

No small feat given the Covid-19 pandemic that led to the last minute withdrawal of such big names as IBM, AT&T and Verizon.

For a complete catalogue of the key sessions visit the RSA Conference Youtube Channel. In the meantime, here is a small selection of the sessions that got the Spectra team excited – now is a good time to reflect on these predictions as we all consider and prepare for a post-Covid-19 world.

SECURITI.ai, an AI-Powered Privacy Ops company that helps automate all major functions needed for privacy compliance, son of the Innovation Sandbox competition. Since the start of the contest 15 years ago, the top 10 finalists have collectively seen 56 acquisitions and received $6.2 billion in financing. Such is the quality of the competition and the growth of AI / ML and automation in cyber security.

In his keynote, Reality Check: The Story of Cybersecurity, the president of RSA was clear that humans will always matter in cybersecurity despite technologies continued advance. However, he urged that the narrative needs to move towards cyber-resilience. Cyber- and Operational Resilience and Impact Tolerance is a service that Spectra Analytics has been offering for some time. It is good to see that the world is awakening to this key development in thinking.

The Cryptographers’ Panel explored the pressing issues facing the industry today. The discussion points included GDPR and CCPA, the ethical uses of AI, democracy-election security and the rise of blockchain.

Hacking Exposed: Global Threat Brief explored the most novel attacks in the current global threat landscape, diving into specific, real-time examples of threat actor activity from both nation-states and criminal groups.

Navigating Privacy in a Data-Driven World: Treating Privacy as a Human Right, discussed why privacy is a basic human right in a growing technocratic world. Society is at a tipping point due to high-tech drones and biometric clothing. As the world becomes more advanced, society must adjust. Will new legislation really protect citizen privacy?

On the Edge of Something Big: Security’s Next Frontier ML and AI are now woven into security network environments and demonstrating utility in the autonomous cyber security management, saving critical resources and enabling focus on strategic concerns.

Collaborating to Improve Open Source Security: How the Ecosystem Is Stepping Up A useful open source security discussion on the efforts across industry and open source communities which covered projects such as the software bill of materials, and shared best practices for consumers and software vendors.

Look forward to seeing you at RSA 2021

By Chris Crowther, CIO Spectra Analytics

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Marcus Ong

Marcus Ong PhD FIMA

Chief Executive Officer

Marcus is the CEO and Co-Founder of Spectra. Passionate about using AI to transform businesses and society, Marcus founded Spectra to help enable and promote the benefits of Artificial Intelligence. As an experienced data scientist, he’s worked in both academic and professional settings, and is a Fellow of the IMA.

Marcus is an external academic supervisor at the University of Warwick and a Fellow at the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. He was previously a Derivatives Trader for Citigroup, as well as an NCA Special for the National Crime Agency, where he advised on the applications of Machine Learning and Data Analytics.

Marcus holds a PhD in Complexity Science with Finance and an MSc in Complexity Science from the University of Warwick, a BSc in Physics from the University of Durham, and a Charters in both Mathematics and Science from the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.

Youssef Taleb PhD


Youssef Taleb PhD

Senior Data Scientist

Youssef is an experienced Data Scientist and full-stack developer. He has developed AI-powered products for a diverse range of industries from defence to healthcare and marketing. He is passionate about finding creative ways to solve problems and using cutting-edge models and technologies.

Youssef holds a PhD and MSc in Statistics from Imperial College London, and an MEng in Telecommunications from Telecom SudParis, Institut Mines-Telecom.

Chris Crowther SIRA


Chris Crowther SIRA

Chief Information Officer

Chris is the CIO of Spectra overseeing information assurance and security. He has over 25 years experience and is CESG Certified as a Professional Lead Security and Information Risk Advisor (SIRA)

Chris’s experience includes senior roles within the UK military and other Government departments, the US Military and Federal Government, the United Nations, KPMG and Airbus.

Christelle Nagabe

Christelle Nagabe

Junior DevOps Engineer

Christelle is a Junior DevOps Engineer. Her main focus is managing, supporting, and developing CI/CD pipelines and Infrastructure-As-Code in order to ensure Spectra’s products are efficiently automated and robust.


Sean Conner

Shareholder Representative

Sean is an experienced financial professional, who has worked in the capital markets for over 30 years. He represents and looks after the interests of shareholders on the Board.

Robert Brady PhD


Robert Brady PhD

Non-Executive Director

Robert is advises Spectra on Business Development. He has extensive business experience having previously listed his company, Brady PLC the largest European supplier of software for global commodity trading, on the London Stock Exchange.

Robert is the Treasurer of the Cambridge Angels and was previously an Honorary Fellow of the Cambridge Judge Business School, and an Industrial Fellow at the University of Cambridge’s Computer Laboratory.

Rob Eyre PhD


Rob Eyre PhD

Senior Data Scientist

Rob is an experienced Data Scientist and full-stack developer. He focuses on the development of AI solutions and the products that utilize them.

Rob holds a PhD and MSc in Complexity Science from the University of Warwick, and an MSci in Theoretical Physics from University College London.

Prof. Robert MacKay


Prof Robert MacKay FRS FIMA FInstP

Advisor

Robert is the Director of Mathematical Interdisciplinary Research at Warwick and its Centre for Complexity Science, which includes its doctoral training centre. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) Renowned Fellow of the Engineering and Physical Research Council “Recognising Influential Scientists and Engineers” scheme.

Robert’s principal research interests are in the statistical behaviour of complex dynamical systems, and he aims to shed light on the concepts of emergence, tipping points, and nudges. He is currently involved in research projects on Management of Complex Systems, Energy Storage, Behavioural Science, and Internet Science.

Prof Robin Ball


Prof Robin Ball FInstP

Advisor

Robin is an Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Warwick, after previously being the Head of Physics. His principal research interests include statistical physics with an emphasis on self-organising systems. Examples of this are fractal aggregates, polymer microstructures, protein folding, dynamics of fracture and granular, and colloidal materials.

Matt Fleming


Matt Fleming

Data Engineer

Matt is a Data Engineer specialising in building robust, scalable, and cloud-based data pipelines for machine learning applications.

Joe Withers

Joe Withers

Data Engineer

Joe is a Data Engineer at Spectra. He develops scalable data pipelines and is interested in working to improve data reliability, efficiency, and quality.

Gwynneth Derere


Gwynneth Derere

Product Manager & Employee Representative

Gwynneth is the Product Manager and Head of Training for PATCHS. With over 10 years of experience, Gwynneth is an accomplished clinical systems product specialist. She has expertise across requirements management, implementation, and software training. Previously, Gwynneth worked across a wide range of care settings with health professionals, delivering and supporting market leading software.

Dr Ben Brown, MBChB


Dr Ben Brown PhD

Chief Medical Officer

Ben is the Chief Medical Officer of Spectra Analytics, as well as a practicing GP and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester.

Ben is an expert is developing advanced analytical clinical software. His work has been published in over 40 peer-reviewed scientific papers, and he has won awards from the International Medical Informatics Association, British Computer Society, and Royal College of General Practitioners.

In addition to his medical training, he has qualifications in Health Informatics (PhD), Public Health (MPH), and Leadership (MSc).

Charlotte Watson PhD


Charlotte Watson PhD

Data Scientist

Charlotte focuses on developing custom AI solutions, and has a keen interest in improving AI transparency and usability.

Brendan Spillane PhD


Brendan Spillane PhD

Advisor

Brendan is a representaive for Warwick Ventures. He focusses on busines development and building sales pipleines for startups.

Dr-Daniel-Sprague


Dan Sprague PhD

Chief Technology & Science Officer

Dan co-founded Spectra Analytics with Marcus in 2014, and has led as Chief Technology Officer and Chief Science Officer since its founding. Dan leads the Data Science and Data Engineering teams at Spectra, overseeing the Artificial Intelligence, software development, and technology infrastructure.

Dan is also an external academic supervisor at the University of Warwick, and was previously a consultant for USAid.

Dan holds a PhD and MSc in Complexity Science from the University of Warwick and a Physics (MPhys) from the University of Oxford.