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Michael Roytman
Chief Data Scientist
Michael is king of the data science nerds. And this title (along with a long list of big name speaking gigs and board roles - oh, and co-founding the Dharma Platform) earned him a spot in Forbes 30 under 30 list in 2017. When he’s not writing blogs, he serves on Forbes Technology Council and as a Social Capital Board Partner.

WHAT HE REALLY DOES: Finds data that’s useful and pontificates on scenarios where machine learning can help and where it could hurt.


WHY READ HIS BLOG: You’ll discover tips on how to do things easily and how to automate all that can be automated in security.


ODD FACT: Recently turned his home roasting operation into a Southside Chicago cafe, Sputnik Coffee. (Ask for a cup of Buzzed Aldrin!)

Read My Posts

Coverage and Efficiency of Vulnerability Remediation 

In my previous blog, we talked about some buzzwords—terms like data science and machine learning that are regularly thrown around the buzzword bazaar. We were able to describe, at least at a high level, what we really mean when we talk about these terms here at Kenna.  Buzzwords are met with skepticism because they create…

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Ask Us About Our Data Science

What’s in a buzzword, like data science? A lot of resentment, for sure, but also a chance to explain.  A buzzword is a word or phrase, new or already existing, that becomes very popular for a period of time. Buzzwords often derive from technical terms. Yet through fashionable use, the original technical meaning disappears, and…

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Creating a Weather Forecast for Predicting Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities

When we read about major security breaches, we often are all too quick to point the blame at the company failing to patch a critical vulnerability. It’s easy to think that these breaches are entirely the fault of lax security teams, but that belief doesn’t hold water. Security teams are overwhelmed. Most companies can only…

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The Concept of Measuring Recall in Cybersecurity

In a recent article for the USENIX magazine, In-Q-Tel CISO Dan Geer and Kenna Chief Data Scientist Michael Roytman discuss the importance of measuring the concept of recall in cybersecurity. If you’re not familiar with the term, or can’t quite “recall” what it means, it is one of the two classic measures – along with…

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Join me at HIMSS 2018 for a Conversation About ‘Intelligent Threat Intelligence’ in Healthcare

You can draw a lot of parallels between security and healthcare, right down to language we use to describe malicious software. We call various forms of malware viruses, worms and the like not only because they propagate as disease, but more relevantly to us – they are also treated as such. Symptomatic treatment is any…

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Equifax Lessons: Risk Hunting at Scale

This past week has seen another high profile breach in the news, one of the largest ever, and apparently the result of a known vulnerability.  Looking back at our analysis of the WannaCry attacks, we examined what we could  learn about prioritization from our 1 billion vulnerabilities under management. Out of those billion vulnerabilities, 259,451,953…

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