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ICIT Bright Minds: Deconstructing Vendor AI Exaggerations with Pete Slade, ThreatWarrior Founder/CTO

Updated: Feb 12, 2023

In continued support of our mission to cultivate a cybersecurity renaissance that will improve the resiliency of our nation’s 16 critical infrastructure sectors, defend our democratic institutions, and empower generations of cybersecurity leaders, ICIT has embarked on a journey to hold candid interviews with some of the brightest minds in national security, cybersecurity, and technology. Our goal is to share their knowledge and insights with our community to shed light on solutions to the technology, policy, and human challenges facing our community. Our hope is that their words will motivate, educate, and inspire you to take on the challenges facing your organizations.

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are guiding research, product development, and investment decisions across numerous critical infrastructure sectors; yet the discussions of the actual capabilities of the technologies are all too often wrought with deception and mired with hyperbole. It is critical that we dispel the myth surrounding AI and machine learning so that key decision makers can make informed decisions and support the appropriate technologies instead of “silver-bullet “solutions and “snake-oil” vendors.

In this Bright Minds Q&A, ICIT Fellow and ThreatWarrior Founder and CTO Pete Slade deconstructs the problematic sales-focused language used to promote AI and machine learning solutions and he advises on the warning signs that indicate when a vendor is being disingenuous.

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