AIVC Event – Cyber Cafe Sci : Threat Naming in Cyber-Security

Science and Tech enthusiasts from Basingstoke Science Cafe are invited to this free to attend Cyber Cafe Scientifique online talk called “Arbitrary Albatross” delivered by Dr Leigh Metcalf.

Dr Leigh Metcalf is an expert in mathematics and cybersecurity, and works for a research center at Carnegie Mellon University.

Cafe Scientifique is a national movement for science and technology in casual settings: each has its own character but all are fun, engaging, informal and explore fascinating ideas in science and technology.

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Vulnerability identification is critical defensive security infrastructure. We have Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) improving scope and coverage, but CVE assigns numbers to issues and people like words. From Heartbleed to Efail, there’s a trend in security research to market disclosure events with catchy brand names. Some are annoyed by this trend. Is annoyance justified?

Names imply importance. Is the claimed importance justified? It may be that a more human-oriented handle is beneficial. We’ll look at the issues around named vulnerabilities and present a system to generate names separate from implied importance.

Leigh has 30 years experience in STEM, with expertise in Mathematics and Cybersecurity. In mathematics she has a PhD from Auburn University specializing in Algebraic Topology. She has spent many years working with technology companies, from startups to established businesses, and now uses all that she learned at those companies to work for a Federally Funded Research and Development Center at Caernegie Mellon University researching Cybersecurity.

She is the primary author of Cybersecurity and Applied Mathematics, a contributor to a second book on preparation on Cybersecurity, and is the co-Editor-in-Chief of a new academic journal (ACM Digital Threats: Research and Practice) from an original idea she had and saw through to fruition. She writes open source software, talks, and writes papers.

Originally Woking Cafe Scientifique, Cyber Cafe Scientifique is our attempt to keep things running as normally as possible and keep active, lively discussion of science open and accessible to all.

This is a free event, and will always remain so. If you would like to contribute to our running costs, please use the Supporter’s Ticket option to make a donation.


July 2


07:00 pm - 08:30 pm

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Manchester IVC