The Role of AI in Cybersecurity


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Episode 62: The Role of AI in Cybersecurity

Security is undoubtedly on the shortlist of items keeping IT Leaders up at night; it’s an ever evolving landscape and staying ahead of it is a constant challenge.  In this episode, Jeff Ton sits down with J.R. Tietsort, Chief Information Security Officer for Darktrace, and one of the top thought leaders in the cybersecurity space.  Listen now as Jeff and J.R. explore the layers of the security stack, how Artificial Intelligence (AI) fits and how it strengthens overall security posture.

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1:24 J.R.’s background

4:27 J.R.’s approach to cybersecurity

7:01 The transition from customer to CISO

9:04 Where AI fits into the security stack

11:16 The investigation support layer vs. the response layer

16:16 Skepticism around AI

20:51 Purpose driven AI

21:52 The role of a SIM tool

24:50 Variants for each organization

25:43 Vulnerabilities with the “work from home” culture

29:10 Action items

J.R. Tietsort is Chief Information Security Officer, Americas for Darktrace. Prior to joining Darktrace, JR was Chief Security Officer for blockchain tech company Core Scientific and was previously Chief Information Security Officer at Micron Technology, a $30 billion semiconductor company with 35,000 employees around the world. During his 22-year tenure at Micron, JR gained deep expertise in protecting intellectual property, identifying insider threats, and defending against cyber espionage. He is also experienced in building partnerships with industry groups, intelligence agencies, and law enforcement across multiple countries.

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