Security Unlocked

By Microsoft

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Security Unlocked explores the technology and people powering Microsoft's Security solutions. In each episode, Microsoft Security evangelists Nic Fillingham and Natalia Godyla take a closer look at the latest innovations in threat intelligence, security research, and data science, with a special focus on demystifying artificial intelligence and machine learning. Be sure to listen in and subscribe!

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Episode Date
Behavior-Based Protection for the Under-Secured, and Dr Karen Lavi
38:25

In this episode, hosts Nic Fillingham and Natalia Godyla speak with Hardik Suri of the Microsoft Defender ATP Research Team about using behavior-based detection and machine learning to block attacks against Exchange servers, and why it’s so critical to patch and enable security capabilities.  

 

Then they speak to Dr. Karen Lavi, a Senior Data Science Lead in the Microsoft Defender Research Team, on the neuroscience of threat detection, and how her team is using AI and machine learning to predict and prevent malware attacks. 

 

In This Episode, You Will Learn:  

  • Why Exchange servers are so vulnerable 
  • The best way to defend against web shells 
  • The simple things security professionals can do to protect under-protected servers 
  • How neuroscience factors into threat detection 
  • How to catch ‘patient zero’ in an attack 

 

Some Questions We Ask:  

  • How are techniques for detecting and blocking attacks evolving?  
  • What’s next for behavior-based blocking?  
  • How does machine learning benefit security?  
  • How do you build a diverse team to catch threats?  
  • What’s the next innovation in security research?  

 

Links: 

Microsoft Security Blog 

Hardik’s blog post



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Oct 14, 2020
Unmasking Threats With AMSI and ML, and Dr Josh Neil
37:30

There are all kinds of powerful features baked into the Windows operating system. One of them is the Antimalware Scan Interface or AMSI. In this episode, hosts Nic Fillingham and Natalia Godyla speak with Ankit Garg and Geoff McDonald of the Microsoft Defender ATP Research Team to learn how AMSI operates, and how they’re utilizing ML to stop attacks. 

 

Then they speak with Dr. Josh Neil, a Principal Data Science Manager at Microsoft, about his unique path from music to data security, and why his team is sniffing through weak signals to detect attack patterns. 

 

 

In This Episode, You Will Learn:  

  • How AMSI protects against threats 
  • How machine learning makes it easier to catch attacks 
  • The way security experts think about attack methodology 
  • How computers can think unlike human brains to solve problems 
  • The innovations coming to the world of data science 

 

Some Questions We Ask:  

  • What is AMSI?  
  • How do you differentiate between the benign and malicious?  
  • What’s next for cloud machine learning?  
  • How do define AI  
  • How does music theory impact your work?  

 

Links: 

Microsoft Security Blog 

Ankit & Geoff’s blog post



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Oct 14, 2020
Going 'Deep' to Identify Attacks, and Holly Stewart
36:42

In this episode, hosts Nic Fillingham and Natalia Godyla speak with Arie Agranonik, a Senior Data Scientist in the Microsoft Defender ATP Research team, about building models using deep learning to protect against malicious attacks. It’s complicated work, requiring huge computing power and even larger amounts of data, and it could be the future of threat protection. 

 

They also speak with Holly Stewart, a Principal Research Lead at Microsoft, on how building a security team with different perspectives helps to better understand and stop threats. Plus, her journey from the Peace Corps to Microsoft, and how that informs her decision-making. 

 

In This Episode, You Will Learn:  

  • The difference between deep learning, machine learning and AI 
  • Why it’s so difficult to program a computer to think like a human 
  • How adversarial models learn from each other to prevent attacks 
  • Why the best security teams are made up of those with different perspectives 
  • How data science can train machines to find things humans were not thinking about 

 

Some Questions We Ask:  

  • What is deep learning?
  • Does a neural network mimic the way the human brain functions?
  • How are behavioral observations evolving to combat sophisticated attacks? 
  • How do AI and ML factor into solving complicated security problems?
  • What’s next on the horizon for data science? 

 

Links: 

Microsoft Security Blog 

Arie’s blog post 



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Oct 14, 2020
Security Unlocked - Trailer
2:38
Security Unlocked explores the technology and people powering Microsoft's Security solutions. In each episode, Microsoft Security evangelists Nic Fillingham and Natalia Godyla take a closer look at the latest innovations in threat intelligence, security research, and data science, with a special focus on demystifying artificial intelligence and machine learning. Be sure to listen in and subscribe!

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Sep 30, 2020