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3/6/2017
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Terry Sweeney
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7 Hot Security Terms (and Buzzwords) to Know

How the security industry has a conversation with itself is constantly changing and the latest terms as well as buzzwords point us to where the technology is heading.
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Machine learning

There was plenty of talk about machine learning at RSAC. Machine learning, of course, is that process whereby a computer program changes based on data it's receiving, but without any explicit, new development work. Given the rapidly changing threat landscape faced by most infosec professionals, machine learning could be a godsend for security applications. 

Where the machine learning conversation starts to go off the tracks is when the term gets used interchangeably with artificial intelligence. Machine learning is a subset of AI, but not a synonym. 'AI focuses more on interacting with people or on human-type interfaces, where machine learning is more in line with large data analysis looking for trends and uncovering anomalies in huge datasets,' explains Dave Dufour, senior director of security architecture at Webroot. And that's why so many people in security are talking about machine learning.

Image Source: Wikimedia Commons, courtesy of Global Access Point

Machine learning

There was plenty of talk about machine learning at RSAC. Machine learning, of course, is that process whereby a computer program changes based on data it's receiving, but without any explicit, new development work. Given the rapidly changing threat landscape faced by most infosec professionals, machine learning could be a godsend for security applications.

Where the machine learning conversation starts to go off the tracks is when the term gets used interchangeably with artificial intelligence. Machine learning is a subset of AI, but not a synonym. "AI focuses more on interacting with people or on human-type interfaces, where machine learning is more in line with large data analysis looking for trends and uncovering anomalies in huge datasets," explains Dave Dufour, senior director of security architecture at Webroot. And that's why so many people in security are talking about machine learning.

Image Source: Wikimedia Commons, courtesy of Global Access Point

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3/8/2017 | 3:30:56 PM
Re: Cyber Terms
No, just trying to get temrmnology straight in my mind in the context of security. Thanks. 
T Sweeney
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T Sweeney,
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3/8/2017 | 1:29:02 PM
Re: Cyber Terms
Correct, @tcritchkley07... I used firewalls as just one example of compartmentalization. But the term could also apply to the bucketize slide or the micro-services slide as well, which both try to create similar boundaries in the name of better security.

Was there a specific application of compartmentalization you were thinking of?
tcritchley07
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tcritchley07,
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3/8/2017 | 12:16:25 PM
Cyber Terms
Isn't compartmentalization the same as the more modern 'segmentation' of various entities, not just firewall traffic?
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3/7/2017 | 1:55:44 PM
Re: To Buzzword #7 - Compartmentalization
Thanks, stormrunner2... what Fortinet's doing seems to track closely with this intelligent segmentation trend we're seeing from various vendors and startups.
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3/6/2017 | 7:13:32 PM
To Buzzword #7 - Compartmentalization
Have you looked at companies like Fortinet and ISFW (Internal Segmentation Firewall) solution?  They have been running at 100Gb speeds for a couple of years now.  And announced a 1Tb throughput firewall in Jan-2017 (https://www.fortinet.com/corporate/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/2017/the-worlds-first-terabit-firewall-appliance-ngfw.html).

Does this not solve the usability issue of mantaining LAN speeds with Layer-7 inspection services?
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