Erich Kron - KEYNOTE - Old McHacker Had a Tool: AI, AI... Oh! — SecureWV

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  • October 20, 2023
  • Friday, 10:00 AM to 10:50 AM

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Erich Kron – KEYNOTE – Old McHacker Had a Tool: AI, AI… Oh!

Track 1

Friday, 10:00 AM to 10:50 AM
October 20, 2023


While AI is not new, the popularity of ChatGPT has rocketed the topic into mainstream news stories around the globe. From its ability to aid students in homework, to its ability to translate languages or summarize white papers, uses for these very popular tools have increased significantly in a very short amount of time. There is no doubt that AI will fundamentally shape the world we live in, but will it be for the better?
While AI can help people in some very positive ways, like so many good things in life, it can also be used for evil and malicious acts. The same things that make it helpful for good also make it valuable for the bad actors. The days of poorly worded email phishes are numbered. Parsing immense amounts of data to create profiles on people is much easier, and let’s not forget the really seedy side of things, deepfakes. From creating misinformation to generating pornography, some forms of deepfakes really push the limits of legality, morality and ethics. To add to the mix, AI has a habit of hallucinating and just making things up, a dangerous thing if we choose to trust the information it provides.


In this presentation, we will discuss what the rapid adoption of AI means for the future of cybersecurity, personal security, information sharing and much more.
In this session, you will learn:
  • What is AI?
  • How is it being used, both for good and for evil?
  • How can we spot and defend against attacks generated by AI?


About Erich

Erich Kron is a Security Awareness Advocate at KnowBe4. He is a veteran information security professional with over 25 years’ experience in the medical, aerospace manufacturing and defense fields, author, and regular contributor to cybersecurity industry publications. He is the former security manager for the US Army’s 2nd Regional Cyber Center-Western Hemisphere and holds CISSP, CISSP-ISSAP, SACP and many other certifications.

Erich is a self-proclaimed geek, author, regular contributor to cybersecurity industry publications, and an experienced information security leader who is passionate about cyber security, but is still able to effectively communicate with the highest levels of leadership. His proven track record of advancement in the industry spans a broad spectrum of experience including security roles, large scale technical project management, hands-on technical work and senior leadership roles. This wide range of experience allows him to have a unique, holistic view of information systems which results in the implementation of secure technical and policy-based solutions that work well, and are easily maintained.