Prof. Giorgio Giacinto
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
University of Cagliari
Title: Safe use of Artificial Intelligence for Cybersecurity
Artificial Intelligence is one of the key components for defending against cyberattacks. Learning algorithms allows detecting malicious contents or activities, identify potential vulnerabilities, and correlate security-related events for threat intelligence purposes. The high performances in terms of accuracy and generalisation comes at the cost of potentially introducing additional vulnerabilities related to known weaknesses in the learning process. The safe use of artificial intelligence in the cybersecurity domain requires a critical review of the different phases for designing the learning machine, and the adoption of best practises aimed at reducing the risk of adversarial attacks.
Giorgio Giacinto is Professor of Computer Engineering at the University of Cagliari, Italy, where he serves as the coordinator of the MSc degree in Computer Engineering, Cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence. He leads the Computer Security unit of the Pattern Recognition and Applications Lab (PRA Lab) group. His research interests are in the field of machine learning for cybersecurity, such as malware analysis and detection, web application security, malicious behaviour detection. He is a member of the Executive Boards of the he Artificial Intelligence & Intelligent Systems Lab of the CINI consortium, Italy, and represents the Cybersecurity National Lab within the European Cybersecurity Organization (ECSO). He is the author of more than 170 papers in international journals and confeerene proceedings, with an h-index equal to 46 according to Google Scholar. He is a Fellow of the IAPR (International Association for Pattern Recognition), and a Senior Member of the IEEE Computer Society and ACM.