Industry Session Talks

Industry professionals share their perspectives on data science

Session Format: Each talk will be approximately 15 minutes followed directly by a Q&A session


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Michael Breslin

Director of Strategic Client Relations at LexisNexis Special Services

Member of the Cyber Investigations Advisory Board of the U.S Secret Service

Title: Technology, Data, Analytics and Collaboration – Essential tools for effective targeted investigations into the identification, apprehension, and prosecution of predators.

Abstract: Child exploitation is not new nor the ingenuity and tenacity of the predators to find new and creative ways to further their criminal and abhorrent activities. The technology and communication systems meant to foster good governance and provide for the wellbeing of civil societies are by default the very systems exploited by these criminal actors to commit obscene atrocities against children around the world.  Child exploitation in all its forms has no borders. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought transnational crime into our living rooms to include increased risks to children.  Private sector tools and capability can and in many cases do yield much influence in this humanitarian effort.  Government and law enforcement officials need help. A whole of community approach is required. 

Bio: Michael has 24 years of experience in federal law enforcement and transnational financial and cybercrime investigations. He serves on the Cyber Investigations Advisory Board of the U.S. Secret Service and is the Strategic Client Relations Director for Federal Law Enforcement at LexisNexis Risk Solutions. Prior to joining LexisNexis Risk Solutions, Michael served as Deputy Assistant Director for the Office of Investigations for the Secret Service where he oversaw the planning and coordination of investigative responsibilities. Michael has published numerous articles on homeland security, defense, and threat mitigation methods.  Michael is a Board Member for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and also serves on the Preparedness Leadership Council.

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Sean Gorman

Pixel8 Earth

Title: Previous Adventure in Data Science and Maps

Abstract: Over the last twenty years we’ve had an exciting series of adventures adding data science to maps/geo and then adding maps/geo to data science. At least in small way. Over the course of three start ups our small team learned a lot of interesting lessons working with data and exploiting its geospatial dimension. This talk will dive into what mistakes we made along the way and what we learned in the process.

Bio: Sean is working on building a crowdsourced and perpetually updating 3D map of the globe with Pixel8 Earth. Most recently he was the Head of Technical Product Management at DigitalGlobe helping build GBDX and next generation machine learning tools for satellite imagery.  Previously he was a founder of - a platform for enabling algorithm reusability and more accessible data science - acquired by DigitalGlobe in 2016. Before starting, Sean was a founder of GeoIQ - a collaborative mapping and analytics company. GeoIQ was subsequently acquired by ESRI where Sean worked integrating social data and streaming analytics with ESRI's mapping technologies. He has also worked in academia serving as a research professor at George Mason University.  Sean received his PhD from George Mason University as the Provost's High Potential Research Candidate, Fisher Prize winner and an INFORMS Dissertation Prize recipient.

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Nipun Mahajan

Senior Associate, Risk Consulting, RSM US LLP

Title: Utilizing ML & AI to help counter SAP Cybersecurity Challenges

Abstract: Cybersecurity is a challenge for both emerging & established businesses across the world. With more than 400,000 organizations using SAP, 77 percent of the world’s transactional revenue touches an SAP system. Therefore, SAP systems are a prominent attack vector for bad guys. This talk will share why mission-critical SAP applications are at risk against malicious attacks and how machine learning & artificial intelligence helps to reinforce networks & protect databases among companies utilizing SAP.

Bio: Nipun is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) specializing in cross-platform application security with strong experience in SAP, Business Intelligence, Governance Risk and Compliance (GRC), Segregation of Duties (SOD) analysis. He has more than 9 years’ experience in leading and supporting security, risk, and controls activities for SAP implementations. He currently serves as the academic relations coordinator at ISACA Denver Chapter.

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