Blockchain has become a buzzword that everyone has heard about and few fully understand. Technology and innovation teams across every sector are scrambling to develop new use cases for blockchain and pilot technology in this regard. Generally, the pilots developed are not scalable due to cost requirements or business need and the resulting projects are sent to the pilot graveyard – the flashy, client-facing testbed. Despite the many challenges associated with developing blockchain products and services, there is substantial opportunity to use blockchain as a cyber security strategy. In the talk, we will discuss the fundamental enablers of the blockchain and how it can be used as a business process. While the technology behind blockchain is interesting, the methods behind the blockchain can be scaled and generally applicable across industry as a means for defensive social engineering. Defensive social engineering is a toolbox of social and business process strategies we developed to defend against cyberattacks. Blockchain as a process is one strategy in our toolbox. This session will help you understand how blockchain can be used to drive scalable and secure business processes in your organization.
Gregory Falco is a security researcher at Cybersecurity at MIT Sloan and MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). He works at the nexus of blockchain, AI and cyber security as he develops new technology and business process to be deployed in industry. He is the co-founder and CEO of NeuroMesh, an IoT security company that uses hacker tools to defeat hackers over the blockchain. Falco is also an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University where he teaches classes on IoT, Smart Cities, Data Analytics and Machine Learning and serves as a Fellow at Harvard’s Cyber Security Project in the Belfer Center. Falco’s security research is current being deployed with major utilities and with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Previously, Falco was an executive at Accenture Digital where he co-founded their Smart City division and Climate Resilience practice. He advised Fortune 100 clients and cities around the world on driving growth via IoT and Machine Learning technology. Falco has independently consulted for organizations such as the UN Foundation, Expedia and Tishman Speyer. He is an internationally recognized inventor and thought leader and has lectured at and presented for the U.S. Navy, Cambridge University, the University of Tokyo and Cornell University. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Tanzacare, an NGO focusing on improving rural public education in Tanzania.
Falco holds a B.S. from Cornell University, an M.S from Columbia University and is a Ph.D. Candidate in Critical Infrastructure Cyber Security at MIT.