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The Hottest Cybersecurity Topics of 2023

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What were this year’s most popular topics in cybersecurity?

In this InTechnology video, Camille looks back on our most popular cybersecurity videos in 2023. Things start off with her and Tom’s discussion on Root of Trust and firmware attacks with Jorge Myszne, Co-Founder of Kameleon. The next featured topic is confidential computing with Mark Russinovich, Technical Fellow and CTO of Microsoft Azure, and episode co-host Anil Rao, a VP and GM at Intel. Finally is a conversation on AI and deep fakes with Ilke Demir, Senior Staff Research Scientist at Intel Labs and a creator of FakeCatcher.

How Do You Stop Attacks in Their Tracks? | Root of Trust

Jorge discusses the increasing prevalence and potential harm of firmware attacks and outlines prevention methods using Root of Trust practices. Unlike viruses that affect the operating system, firmware attacks are embedded within the device’s hardware, occurring before the operating system launches, and are often costly to repair. Jorge details how Root of Trust safeguards against such attacks by ensuring the authenticity and correctness of components before the system operates. He emphasizes that this process begins in the supply chain, enabling early detection of any tampering. A manifest is used to confirm the integrity of the information.

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Azure CTO Talks Confidential Computing and Confidential AI

Mark explains that confidential computing involves utilizing hardware to establish enclaves or secure areas where code and data are protected in use. This approach marks a departure from traditional methods where data protection was limited to when it was not in use. Furthermore, Mark highlights that confidential computing facilitates the verification of contents within these secure containers. Subsequently, Mark and Anil discuss recent advancements in the field, including the integration of confidential computing features in Azure, the development of confidential Databricks, as well as Intel’s TDX and Trust Authority technologies.

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Can You Spot a Deep Fake? Detection, Generation, and Authentication

Ilke describes the development of tools by researchers to distinguish deep fakes from authentic content, including the tool FakeCatcher. This involves training a sophisticated network with both deep fakes and genuine content to enable accurate differentiation. The distinct aspect of FakeCatcher, as Ilke points out, is its focus on identifying human uniqueness rather than spotting falsity in videos. A key indicator of human authenticity is PPG signals, which are observable color shifts in human veins caused by blood circulation. Eye gaze is another critical authenticity marker. Ilke also delves into ongoing efforts in media provenance, aiming to trace the origins and creation timeline of media content.

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Jorge Myszne, Co-Founder of Kameleon

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Jorge Myszne has over 20 years of experience in the semiconductor, communications, and security industries. Before his career took off, Jorge earned an M.S. in Electrical, Electronics, and Communications Engineering at Universidad de la República in Uruguay. He co-founded the hardware security company Kameleon in 2018. Before Kameleon, Jorge worked at Intel from 2000-2007 in Israel as a Senior Systems Engineer and Manager.

Mark Russinovich, Microsoft Technical Fellow and CTO of Microsoft Azure

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Since 2014, Mark Russinovich has served as the CTO of Microsoft Azure and has been a Technical Fellow at Microsoft since 2006. Before Microsoft, he co-founded Winternals Software, worked as a Research Staff Member at IBM, and was a software developer. He earned a Ph.D. and Bachelor’s in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon and a Master’s in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer. Mark is also the author of the sci-fi novels Zero Day, Trojan Horse, and Rogue Code.

Anil Rao, VP and GM at Intel

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Anil Rao is currently a Vice President and General Manager at Intel. His previous role was Vice President and General Manager of Systems Architecture and Engineering in the Office of the CTO at Intel. He co-founded SeaMicro in 2007, and after its 2012 acquisition by AMD, was the VP of products in AMD’s Data Center Group for three years. Before Intel, he advised Qualcomm’s CTO Office. Anil’s education includes a master’s degree in computer science from Arizona State University, an MBA degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree in electrical and communications engineering from Bangalore University. He’s also co-authored OIF specifications and holds multiple patents in networking and data center tech.

Ilke Demir, Senior Staff Research Scientist at Intel Labs

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A leader in deep fake research, Ilke Demir’s research also includes 3D vision, computational geometry, generative models, remote sensing, and deep learning. Her research is backed by a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Purdue University. Prior to Intel Labs, Ilke worked with Pixar Animation Studios, Facebook, and the Tesla-acquired startup DeepScale. She is the developer of FakeCatcher alongside Umur Aybars Ciftci.


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