Security fears: When the machines eat the ladder and stilts won’t reach the cloud

Presented at SOURCE Seattle 2017, Oct. 4, 2017, 9 a.m. (45 minutes)

For today’s security professional there are two truly decisive technologies rewriting career paths. Advances in cloud architecture and increasing momentum behind large enterprise migration to the public cloud have ensured security fundamentals are part of the fabric and defenders finally have advantage over the attacker. In parallel, advances in machine learning and integration of increasingly sophisticated machine intelligence is automating away much of the time-consuming and least-skilled security work. As cloud and machine intelligence remove their lowest rungs on the security ladder, those first-time jobs in a security professionals career no longer exist – with the delta between a newly minted graduate in computer science and being a productive (and employed) security expert widening by the day. Can the coming generation of wannabe security professionals get ahead of the machine? And what do these technology advances mean to the long-term careers of today’s security professionals?


  • Gunter Ollmann - CTO Security (Cloud and Enterprise), Microsoft
    Gunter Ollmann serves as CTO for Security and currently oversees the cross-pillar strategy for the Cloud and Enterprise Security groups. He has nearly three decades of information security experience in an array of cybersecurity consulting and research roles. Günter is a widely respected authority on security issues and technologies and has researched, written and published hundreds of technical papers and bylined articles.