Big Traffic, Big Trouble, Big Data


Cybersecurity is a big data problem, because it is a community problem. We are not short of tools and techniques to catch anomalies, generate alerts and swamp our analysts with things to do. What we do need is not another tool that adds a new workflow, but a platform that can combine data from every tool, and given us access to that data through the means we want to access it.

It would also be nice if we could use some of the latest in machine learning, behavior profiling and automation to make sure we don't have to spend all our time writing and maintaining rules and thresholds.

This is where open source based and data science centric view of cyber security comes in. The combination of a statistical approach to detection, and alert prioritization, along with the power of many communities and software tools coming together into a single platform gives SOCs some of their time back and powerful weapons to hunt bigger fish.

Come and hear more about open source, big data and cybersecurity, and join us as we demo catching some hackers. See some brand new features and early prototypes from the open source community in action and let us know what you think.

Simon Elliston Ball

Simon is the Product Manager for Cybersecurity at Cloudera, formerly Hortonworks, where for the last few years, he has been working to build out open source communities around Apache Metron and highly scalable data and machine learning platforms. Before that he was a technical lead working with customers across the globe to solve problems with streaming data and machine learning. Solving problems at speed and scale is what he likes to do. Previously he has worked in the database developer tooling, finance, and e-commerce. He recently recovered from an allergy to syntactic white-space and learned to love python, and does a lot of computer vision and visualization in the little remaining spare time, and was the second person in Europe to be certified in Apache Spark.


o 5:30pm – 6:00pm: Getting to the Venue and Social
o 6:00pm – 6:05pm: Welcome
o 6:05pm – 6:50pm: Simon Ball (Topic of the night + Demo)
o 6:50pm – 7:05pm: Closing Content: Q&A
o 7:05pm – 7:30pm: Pizza, drinks and networking.

kindly RSVP and looking forward to seeing all of you at this exciting meetup!

A big thanks to new sponsors Talent International for offering us the use of their offices at the Rialto to run this meetup!!

Bashar and the team !