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CyberSec&AI Connected was launched in 2019 by Avast and Czech Technical University in Prague to provide a forum to bring together the AI, machine learning, and cybersecurity communities from industry and academia. In 2021, The Private AI Collaborative Research Institute was invited to cooperate with us, expanding the program board with additional AI experts.

2021’s edition

Over two days, the CyberSec&AI Connected 2021 digital conference brought together 440+ AI, cybersecurity, and privacy experts from 55 countries to discuss the future of consumer cybersecurity and the role of AI in cybersecurity and online privacy protection. The program combined academic and industry researchers to explore the intersection of security and privacy and how AI and machine learning fit into both arenas. 

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Meet our past speakers

Leading academics and tech professionals from around the world
examined critical issues around AI for privacy and cybersecurity.
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Michal Pechoucek
CTO at Avast and AI Professor at the Czech Technical University in Prague
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Alessandro Acquisti
Privacy Economist & Professor of Information Technology and Public Policy at the Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University
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Garry Kasparov
Chess Grandmaster and Avast Security Ambassador
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Roger Dingledine
President, Researcher and Co-founder at the Tor Project
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Alex Halderman
Professor at the University of Michigan
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Hyrum Anderson
Principal Architect at Microsoft
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Nicolas Papernot
Assistant Professor and Canada CIFAR AI Chair
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Zakir Durumeric
Assistant Professor at the Stanford University
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Hany Farid
Professor at the EECS & I School, UC Berkeley
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Jaya Baloo
Chief Information Security Officer at Avast
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Clive Thompson
Author and Columnist at Wired
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Matthias Grossglauser
Associate Professor at EPFL Switzerland
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Bobby Filar
Lead Data Scientist at Elastic Security
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Carmela Troncoso
Professor at EPFL Switzerland
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Professor in Computer Science at UC Berkeley
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CTO, Security at Salesforce
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Reza Shokri
Assistant Professor at The National University of Singapore
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Darren Shou
Head of Technology at NortonLifeLock
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Noel Sharkey
Emeritus Professor of Robotics and AI at the University of Sheffield
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Celeste Fralick
Senior Principal Engineer and Chief Data Scientist at McAfee
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Nicholas Carlini
Research Scientist at Google Brain
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Video gallery

CyberSec&AI Prague 2019
Recap video
CyberSec&AI Conneced 2021
Opening Remarks

What past speakers and attendees have to say
about CyberSec&AI Connected

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“CyberSec&AI 2020 has been the best virtual conference experience I‘ve had. Throughout the day, the speakers did an excellent job of presenting a diverse range of interesting and applicable topics of AI/ML use in the security space in a clear, intuitive manner. As always a highlight of in-person events, I enjoyed connecting and discussing my talk and other talks with my peers.”
Bobby Filar
Lead Data Scientist at Elastic Security
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“Cybersec & AI Prague 2019 was a great success. It was an honor for me to give a talk in front of such a large number of professionals and researchers both from industry and academia, and a great opportunity to discuss how to use AI to improve cutting-edge technologies to fight cybercrime.”
Battista Biggio
Assistant Professor at the University of Cagliari
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“I had a great time at CyberSec&AI 2019. The organization was flawless, making it possible to have many quality conversations with other speakers and attendees throughout the day.”
Nicolas Papernot
Assistant Professor and Canada CIFAR AI Chair at the University of Toronto and Vector Institute
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“I was absolutely delighted to participate in the event. I particularly liked the speakers who were very interesting, dynamic, and clear with their presentations that also encouraged interactions. From a technical point of view, I appreciated the succession of the sessions and also the fact that the time schedules were perfectly respected.”
David Côme
Journalist at Pirate Informatique France
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Avast Research Lab

The Avast Research Lab runs innovative projects in all areas of digital safety, from advanced threat detection, to delivering better privacy and identity protection, and much more. We employ state-of-the-art AI solutions to counter the ever accelerating growth of emergent threats through a combination of in-house expertise, academic cooperation, and publicly available research.