Data and Data Science in the World of Cyber Security

  • August 21, 2014 · 6:00 PM

We now have 4 speakers for this event!


6:00 - 6:45pm - Networking and food and refreshments

6:45 - 6:55pm - Introduction

6:55 - 8:00pm - Talks

Please note that the networking time starts at 6pm and was designed to provide a window of time to arrive before the talks.


For our August meetup, we are holding the event at the spacious offices of Endgame at 3101 Wilson Blvd on the 5th floor. There are no special access restrictions to the building and both street parking and a parking garage nearby. Further, the Clarendon Metro station is immediately adjacent to the building.

Talks and Speakers (more coming soon)

“Time Series Analysis for Network Security”

Phil Roth, Endgame, Data Scientist thinks every problem in the world is solvable - all it will take is the right chart or graph. He first pursued this quest for the perfect plot in physics graduate school, where he searched for neutrinos using a huge detector buried in the ice at the South Pole. He even got the chance to help in the construction of that detector on location in Antarctica - all for the pursuit of the best dataset. After receiving his PhD in physics, he worked at a small radar consultancy developing image formation algorithms and repeatedly calling np.fft.fft(). He is now a data scientist at Endgame where he applies data analytics to network data in order to detect problems and provide visibility into clients' systems.

"Clustering Cyber Datasets for Classification and Outlier Detection"

David Pekarek, L-3 Data Tactics, Data Scientist earned his PhD in mechanical engineering at Caltech in 2010. After a postdoc at Northwestern University, in 2012 he traded work on robot simulators and optimal control algorithms for projects developing big data analytics. At L-3 Data Tactics he is part of the growing team of data scientists and has gained a breadth of experience working on varied projects and data types (cyber, geospatial, network, financial). For the past year his focus has been exclusively network analysis and cyber security. 

Franz Payer is a programmer at Tactical Network Solutions and a co-founder of Cyber Skyline. At TNS, Franz develops for several research and development projects, including the company's commercial Reaver Pro software. At Cyber Skyline, Franz leads development on the company's cybersecurity game and competition platform. Franz is a sophomore at the University of Maryland, majoring in computer science in the cybersecurity honors program. 

Talk - With cyberthreats becoming more and more pervasive in today’s internet landscape, what are we doing to train our new generation to deal with these challenges? Current efforts are falling short and need to be improved. This presentation covers current efforts by both the government and the private sector to generate interest in cybersecurity education and how effective they are at producing a workforce to protect our critical systems. 

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  • Sean M.

    The slides we have are up:­

    August 27

  • Sean M.

    We are working on getting the slides posted as a blog entry ...

    August 26

  • Nevin H.

    Great bunch of speakers on relevant data analytics topics with a "cyber spin"; with privacy compromised to a greater extent each day, new levels of cyber security are a must

    August 22

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