30. September 2021 - Prague Congress Centre, Czech Republic

Does the human brain stand a chance?

Risks associated with the use of artificial intelligence and how to prevent them.

We took the opportunity of the European Cyber Security Challenge 2021 in Prague and combined the topic of artificial intelligence (AI) with the topic of cybersecurity. How can AI algorithms get confused and how to prevent that? Can AI be misused to influence people's decisions? What competencies do we need to keep AI under control? What young hackers think?

About the topic of the conference

Artificial intelligence (AI) has found application in quality control, driving vehicles, and fire-control systems. Smart sensors allow us to get data from places where a human would not get to. Machine learning and other algorithms help us evaluate information in real-time. Artificial intelligence is used in the arts in order to compose music but also in voice synthesis and video animation. However, involving AI in the decision-making process brings not only benefits but also new security threats. The Conference Does the brain stand a chance in 2021 will address the following topics:

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The AI Arms race in cybersecurity context

Špiřík, Feix, Romportl, Blažek, Najman

Program

Václav Špáňa, Executive Partner, Gartner

AI Information Risk Today

As AI adoption grows, security and risk management leaders will be responsible for information risk across a growing portfolio of many use cases. A recent Gartner survey appraises risk management methods and highlights activities that help AI workers feel more prepared to manage information risk.

Ondřej Šrámek, Security Analyst, PwC

AI in cybersecurity: marketing hype versus practical experience

You can come across a lot of cybersecurity companies that boast about their use of machine learning. They take care not to mention the word statistics when explaining it, only machine learning. There are areas where machine learning is giving excellent results and is very useful. However, there are also areas where the user should be cautious - they could lead to incorrect results and thereby incorrect conclusions.

Rudolf Blažek, Data Science Expert, NetPointers

Is that proof? Can we base our decision on the results of artificial intelligence and machine learning?

Do we really understand what questions the ML and AI systems deployed in our company are trying to answer? Sometimes it is also difficult to understand how these algorithms measure their success and error rates, and therefore the credibility of their findings. Can we measure the impact or estimate the expected impact of the anomalous behavior detected? Should we focus on rapid anomaly detection for early defense, or on retrospective estimation of expected impact for future risk analysis? Is it possible to control the frequency of false alarms without catastrophic impact on system sensitivity?

Petr Schwarz, VUT Brno

AI vs. AI: Adversary voice synthesis vs. voice biometry

Current voice biometry systems are more precise than human’s. But what about their security? We keep developing more precise voice biometry algorithms, but algorithms imitating human voice are improving too. This presentation provides insight into how does voice biometry work and also how does human voice imitation algorithms work. The security of voice biometry systems will be discussed in detail.

Najah Nafah, Managing Director, Blockchain Secure

Integrating Blockchain and AI for a more trustworthy digital world

Blockchain can help AI solutions in securing datasets, fueling AI algorithms and enabling them to be shared in a decentralized manner, without a human in the middle. Sharing scenarios and monetization rules can be implemented using smart contracts, giving the opportunity for dataset owners to leverage their assets on the one hand, and sophisticated machine learning models on the other.

Jan Romportl, Director, AI Centrum, O2 Czech Republic

Goodhart’s law and misaligned AI

If the chosen success criterion becomes the goal, it ceases to be a good criterion. Any machine learning system is essentially an optimization algorithm seeking the minimum of a given evaluation function. If unwanted inconsistencies start to appear between how the system is supposed to behave according to its designer and how it actually behaves based on the optimization of the given function, this is a very problematic scenario, which we might call "misaligned AI". The more competent the AI system is in achieving its goals, the more dangerous it is if it is misaligned.

Michal Najman and Lada Hospodková, Researchers, Avast

How to design a robust cyber attack detector?

The state-of-the-art machine learning models are susceptible to various types of vulnerabilities. Due to a concept drift, for instance, a deployed model’s efficacy and output quality decreases in time. In Avast Research Lab, we explored how to counteract the concept drift by predicting future malware. Our results suggest that a model trained using predicted future malware samples achieves better robustness and its efficacy withstands in time.

Jiří Karpeta, CEO, Robodrone Idustries

Project AURORA – Security of drones for urban mobility

The EU-funded AURORA project will develop and integrate safety-critical technologies to support autonomous UAM flights in urban environments and will focus its demonstrations primarily on emergency-related applications. The system involves the need for coordination of multiple stakeholders and must be able to handle a range of situations autonomously. The involvement of artificial intelligence elements is therefore a necessity. What will have to be kept in mind?

Speakers

Rudolf B. Blažek

The Chief Technology Officer, Boxtrap Security

Rudolf received his M.S. degree in mathematical statistics from Charles University, Czech Republic, in 1991, and a Ph.D. degree in statistics from Michigan State University (MSU) in the USA, in 1998. He taught mathematics and statistics in total for two decades: at MSU, at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles (USC), at Yuan-Ze University in Taiwan (YZU), and the Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU). In 2001, while at USC, Rudolf started to apply advanced statistical and mathematical methods in network and computer security. In this area, he lectured, published several papers, and participated in projects for various government agencies in the USA, including DARPA, and the Department of Energy. He applied the results of his research to the real world as the director of software development in ADSANTEC in Torrance, California, and as the CTO in Boxtrap Security in Prague. He is a member of the American Statistical Association (ASA), the IEEE Computer Society, and the IEEE.

Stéphane Duguin

The Chief Executive Officer of the CyberPeace Institute

Stéphane Duguin is the Chief Executive Officer of the CyberPeace Institute. Stéphane Duguin has spent two decades analysing how technology is weaponized against vulnerable communities. In particular, he has investigated multiple instances of the use of disruptive technologies, such as AI, in the context of counter terrorism, cybercrime, cyberoperations, hybrid threats, and the online use of disinformation techniques. He leads the CyberPeace Institute with the aim of holding malicious actors to account for the harms they cause. His mission is to coordinate a collective response to decrease the frequency, impact, and scale of cyberattacks by sophisticated actors.

Miroslav Feix

The Commander in the Army Cyber and Information Operations Command of the Czech Republic

Brigadier general Miroslav Feix is the commander in the Army Cyber and Information Operations Command of the Czech Republic. He have combined keen interest in technology, conceptual thinking and experience in combat operations. He spend most of his career with the Special Forces, for which he created system for planing and control in operations. He participated in its transformation into a modern combat force and he put into practise a comprehensive system for capability development. He gained combat experience in missions in Kosovo and Afghanistan. He received education in the field of Management Theory at the Military University. He also studied abroad at Naval Postgraduate School in Montorey, where he concentrated on Defense Analysis with focus on irregular warfare and game theory. In his thesis he developed a set of tools for solving basic situations in game theory and its visualization. During developing ACR he was involved in the creation of Cyber and Information Operational Command, inovative organization that uses modern technologies and reacting to cyber, informational and hybrid threats. He likes to create future, hikes in mountains, and devotes time to his family.

Jaroslav Gergič

Head of Engineering, Cognitive Intelligence, Cisco

Jaroslav Gergič is the head of Cisco's Cyber Security Research and Development Center in Prague. Together with his team, he is responsible for developing cloud-based systems for protection against cyber threats using artificial intelligence and machine learning. Before joining Cisco, he worked as Managing Director at the Czech start-up GoodData. He holds a PhD in software systems from Charles University in Prague. In his free time, he is active in the Czech startup community as a mentor.

Markéta Gregorová

The Chairwoman of the Managing Board of the Institute π

Markéta Gregorová is a member of the European Parliament for the Pirate Party and Chairwoman of the Managing Board of the Institute π. In the European Parliament she focuses on hybrid threats, cyberthreats and surveillance technologies. For European Parlament negotiated regulation export of dual-use goods or NIS 2 directive on European Cybersecurity.

Marek Havrda

Director of AI Policy & Social Impacts at GoodAI

Marek Havrda currently co-leads preparation of guidelines for Ethical Impact Assessment, a key implementation tool of forthcoming UNESCO’s Recommendation on the ethics of Artificial Intelligence, the first ever global normative instrument regulating Artificial Intelligence, and leads AI Policy & Social Impacts at GoodAI, a private AI R&D company. Marek is a member of ONE AI (OECD Network of Experts on AI), Global Governance of AI Roundtable (co-led Expert Group on Managing the Economic and Social Impact of the AI Revolution) and contributes to IEEE Ethically Aligned Design (a co-author of IEEE 7010-2020 international standard for assessing the impact of autonomous and intelligent systems on human well-being). Marek is on a long-term leave from the European Commission, where he contributed to ex-ante Impact Assessment of EU legislation. Before joining the European Commission Marek held various leadership or consultancy positions at non-profit and private sectors. He studied at Charles University, Warwick Business School, Johns Hopkins University and Georgetown University. Marek has been invited to deliver talks at global events and leading institutions, including DARPA (AI Program), University of Cambridge (Centre for Future of Intelligence), Joint Research Centre of the European Commission and United Nations events.

Lada Hospodková

AI Researcher, Avast Research Lab

Lada Hospodková graduated in Artificial Intelligence at FEL CTU in Prague. During her studies, she took the opportunity to study abroad at the University of Stavanger in Norway and the TU Delft in the Netherlands. She worked for CISCO on ML models for network traffic analysis used as the last layer of defence. Now she works in Avast on implementing ML algorithms in Threat Defense to scale and improve malware detection for more than 400 million users.

Břetislav Jakubík

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Our wines are about such a journey and about the most important life ingredients:
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Faith – the God's blood, forgiveness, humility.
Hope – our dreams, freedom and life optimism.

Richard Kadlčák

The Director of Cyber Security Department and The Special Envoy for Cyber Space

Richard Kadlčák works is the director of Cyber Security Department and the Special Envoy for Cyber Space at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. He deals with a coordination of international cooperation in the Cyber Security area. He has been working in the Ministry for 20 years, among others he was ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic to Estonia.

Jiří Karpeta

The CEO of Robodrone Industries

I started playing with personal computers in early 80’s. I smuggled one of the first IBM PC-XT to the Czech Republic and started to write apps in C and Pascal. Before finishing studies of Electrical Engineering at Czech Technical University I continued as a developer at small Czech softwarehouse LCS International and after 12 years I found myself serving as a head of division producing #3 ERP system on Czech market. I joined Microsoft in 2006 and started technical evangelism across several technologies and customer segments. These covered both enterprise grade projects and programs for broad technical audience. My passion for new technologies drove me to Robodrone Industries which I co-founded with my partner in 2013. Our mission is to create heavy duty drones which are simple to operate and can be fully integrated into several industrial scenarios. The drone industry together with Internet of Things era has an amazing ramp up and is the right place for me to be in.

Bořivoj Líbal

The Co-managing partner at the international law firm Noerr

Bořivoj Líbal is a co-managing partner at the international law firm Noerr. He heads the digital law section and advises major local and international clients in this practice area. He has been involved not only in projects focused on the protection of personal data and digi-tal intellectual property, but also in mergers and acquisitions of IT companies. He studied law at the Masaryk University Law School in Brno and at the University of Lisbon. He is an Arbitrator at the International Court of Arbitration at the Czech-Moravian Commodity Exchange, Chairman of the Czech-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce, Vice-Chairman of the AFI (Association for Foreign Investment) Steering Committee and a member of the Strategic Council of Center for Family Businesses. He speaks English and Portuguese.

Najah Naffah

The Managing Director of Prologue Group and Co-founder of Blockchain Secure

Najah Naffah has extensive experience in all areas of advanced technologies (Cloud, Cybersecurity, Blockchain and AI). He started his career at INRIA doing research on computer networks, and office systems. The he joined Bull Group, Sabre Technologies and EDS as executive leading various business units. He recently worked for Prologue Group as Managing Director, and co-founded Blockchain Secure, a start-up focusing on Blockchain Solutions for the enterprise. He earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Paris, and engineering degrees from Télécom Paris and ESIB Beirut-Lebanon.

Michal Najman

AI Researcher, Avast Research Lab

Michal is an AI researcher at Avast Research Lab where he conducts research in robust machine learning and AI-driven rule-based classification, ultimately producing a higher standard of protection for 400M Avast users. Before stepping into cybersecurity he was a ML specialist at DataBreakers and a research assistant at Tampere University. He studied at CTU FEE and at Aalto University in Helsinki, getting his degree in Artificial Intelligence

Petr Očko

The Deputy Minister for new technologies at Ministry of Industry and Trade

Mr. Petr Očko graduated from Information Management and European Integration at the University of Economics in Prague and from Ph.D. studies of Information Economics at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University in Prague. He started in 1998 in a small company that would now be labelled as a successful technology startup – the Globe Internet. As an expert in the European economic integration, he has been working at the Ministry of Finance since 2001 on the EU Funds, since 2004 he worked as an advisor to the Deputy Minister of Finance for the financial market, and in 2006 he was appointed by the Government as a National Coordinator for the introduction of the euro. Since August 2007, he worked in the private sphere as an EU project coordinator for Telefónica O2. In 2009, he returned to the state administration as Chief Executive Officer for Budget and EU Funds at the Ministry of Transport, and since August 2010 he served as Section Director for EU Funds, Research and Development at the Ministry of Industry and Trade, where he was in charge for key programs to support industrial research and development, innovation and entrepreneurship. In 2012-2013 he was also in charge of the stabilization and development of the CzechInvest business and investment support agency as its entrusted CEO. Since 2015, he headed the Department of Financial Instruments and prepared mainly the National Innovation Fund project or the transformation of the Czech-Moravian Guarantee and Development Bank. In March 2016, he was appointed by the Government as chairman of the Czech Republic’s Technology Agency and successfully helped to develop support for applied research in key areas, including Industry 4.0 and other major trends. Since 2018 he is back at the Ministry of Industry and Trade as Deputy Minister responsible for establishment and management of new division of the Ministry responsible for digitalization and innovation. The agenda covers complex topics related to digital economy and society, new technologies, innovation, industrial research or digital infrastructure. He is deeply involved in preparation and implementation of many strategic activities including new Innovation Strategy of the Czech Republic, as well as the National AI Strategy (both approved in 2019), or new 5G strategy of the Czech Republic approved in January 2020, and many other activities. He believes that Czech Republic is innovative country with great potential to be digital leader in solutions that help to make people’s lives better.

Radim Polčák

The Vice-Rector of Masaryk University and the Head of the Department of Law and Technology, Faculty of Law, MU

Radim Polčák is the Vice-Rector of Masaryk University and the Head of the Department of Law and Technology, Faculty of Law, MU. He regularly give guest lectures at law schools and judicial training institutions in Europe, the USA and Australia; deals mainly with legal theory and information technology law; He is a founding member of the European Academy of Law and ICT, a founding member of the European Law Institute and a member of professional bodies of scientific and academic societies in Europe, Asia and Australia. In 2017 and 2018 he worked as a special advisor to the European Commission for Robotics and Data Protection, since 2020 he has been the Chairman of the Board of CyberSecurity Hub, a registered institute founded by MU, CTU and BUT.

Jan Romportl

The Director of Centre for Artificial Intelligence Dataclair.ai and Chief Data Scientist at O2 Czech Republic

Jan Romportl is Director of Centre for Artificial Intelligence Dataclair.ai and Chief Data Scientist at O2 Czech Republic. He has Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence, master’s degree in cybernetics and control engineering, and another master’s degree in philosophy. Before joining O2 in 2015, Jan had 12 years of academic research and teaching experience in AI, man-machine interaction, speech technologies and philosophy. He was Head of Department of Man-Machine Interaction at New Technologies Research Centre, University of West Bohemia, and a senior researcher at Department of Cybernetics. He's currently a member of Department of Philosophy at the same university and he also cooperates with Centre for Theoretical Study of Charles University and with Czech Effective Altruism Group. He organises Prague AI Safety Meetup and he tries to be helpful to the Czech AI Safety and Alignment community..

Petr Schwarz

The Researcher in the Speech@FIT, Brno University of Technology

Petr is a researcher in the Speech@FIT group at the Brno University of Technology. Petr’s experience is in the speech technologies like voice biometry, speech transcription, keyword spotting, language identification, etc. Petr can turn the most advanced research into products of everyday use. Petr worked on many national, EU, and US research projects and many international technology evaluation campaigns like those organized by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the USA. In 2006 Petr based company Phonexia, which is selling speech technologies to more than 60 countries now.

Jaroslav Šmíd

The Deputy Director, National Cyber and Information Security Agency

Ing. Jaroslav Šmíd studied technical cybernetics at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague. All his professional life he has been working in state administration in the field of information technology. He currently works as the Deputy Director of the National Cyber and Information Security Agency and is responsible for the Information Security Section. He is a member of the Council of the Security Research Program of the Czech Republic, the Government Council for the Information Society, the Council of the National Cybersecurity Competence Centre and represents the Czech Republic at various forums dealing with information systems security within NATO, EU, ESA, CC and Galileo.

Václav Špáňa

Executive Partner, KPC Group-Gartner

Václav has over 30 years of experience in IT across various industries and markets. He worked at vendor side on complex solutions and critical systems, headed key IT departments and operations in large international enterprises as CIO and COO. He was responsible for security function in critical operation in banking and utilities. Recently he is at KPC/Gartner in role of executive partner.

Petr Špiřík

Cyber Security Leader, Vice President of Information Security & CISO at SUSE

Petr is passionate about all things related to Cyber Security, Technology & Privacy. Within the field of the information security, Petr is most focused on threat intelligence and incident response disciplines and especially how to scale the defensive capabilities in the cyber arms race. His core belief is, that cyber security is the essential human right, enabling others - like privacy, freedom of choice and informed decision making. His MSc degree dissertation thesis at the University of Liverpool was focused on the "Application of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Cyber Operation. He considers education and intake of fresh talent to the cyber security industry as crucial for tipping the scales in the defenders' favour going forward.

Ondřej Šrámek

The Security Analyst at PwC

After graduating from the Faculty of Informatics at Masaryk University, Ondřej Šrámek joined the National Center for Cyber Security at the NBU as an expert in cyber security. Then he worked as the group leader, later head of the NCKB Network Traffic Analysis department until his departure from office. In September 2018, he joined Oracle as a Security Analyst, where he was in charge of developing new detections with a focus on the cloud environment. Since April 2021, he has been working at PwC as a Security Analyst, where he mainly deals with Incident Response and forensic analysis. sSince 2014, he has regularly participated in cyber exercises, especially Locked Shields. He is a member of the active reserve of the Czech Armed Forces (VeKySIO) and since 2018 he has been a lecturer in a security course at the non-profit organization Czechitas.

The organizer

The Czech branch of AFCEA

The Czech branch of AFCEA has long focused its attention on the field of support of development information and communication technologies of armed and security forces. The Czech branch of AFCEA was founded on 5. May 1993 and organize professional conferences and seminars in the field of information and communication technologies and security aspects on regular basis. Since 1993 we have organized more than 50 international conferences and more than 100 professional seminars and club events.

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Partners

Expert partner

Tovek

We are Czech technological company. We have been developing solutions to find, understand, and use information for "intelligent" decision making for the last 25 years. Artificial intelligence has the potential to become one of the tools to give support managers in decision making. We view this conference as an opportunity to talk about Ai contributions and also related risks. Our goal is to evaluate the possibilities of AI not only from the view of the competitiveness of their business but also discuss the impact of AI on the competitiveness of the economy and the safety of the state.

Venue

Prague Congress Centre
5. května 1640/65, Nusle 140 00 Prague

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