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Black Hat 2018: 12 Executives On The Most Overhyped Cybersecurity Trends Today

CRN asked 12 executives and technical leaders attending Black Hat 2018 what cybersecurity concepts seem to be more about buzzwords than delivering meaningful protection.

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Machine Learning

A huge gap exists between organizations using machine learning as a buzzword and those that have found a meaningful application for it, according to Veracode VP of Research Chris Eng. Businesses relying on machine learning should be able to state what they're using it for, how they're keeping the algorithm current, what the training process entails, and what level of false positives they encounter.

Machine learning excels at classifying large data sets of indicators, network bugs, and bug trackers and determining whether or not it looks similar to other categories of information, Eng said. But if an organization isn't constantly retraining its algorithm and the threat landscape shifts, Eng said the company will likely end up classifying data incorrectly.

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