Predictive Analytics for Insider Threats

Ben Shariati
Visiting Lecturer & Interim Assistant CYBR GPD

4:00pm Wednesday, 5 March 2014, ITE325b

This talk will discuss how using operational cyber analytics for predictive security intelligence support a powerful defensive cybersecurity capability. Specifically, I will share elements of my commercial research on how organizations can predict malicious behavior (both user and digital) on their networks by incorporating tailored algorithms and artificial intelligence capabilities as part of an overall cybersecurity sensor architecture. Additionally, this talk will briefly discuss the impact that mobile devices have on the insider threat vulnerability within the government and private sector.


Ben Shariati is a Ph.D. candidate in Information Assurance/Cybersecurity at the George Washington University, where his dissertation work examines the analysis and management of cybersecurity concerns of critical infrastructures. His research and professional interests include mobile device security, emerging technology evaluation, risk analysis, audit, and compliance. For AY13-14, Mr. Shariati is a visiting lecturer and Interim Assistant Director of the Graduate Cybersecurity Program overseeing program activities at The Universities at Shady Grove. In addition to teaching several courses at UMBC, Mr. Shariati has taught graduate cybersecurity courses at George Washington University and undergraduate technical certification classes Hagerstown Community College.

Mr. Shariati is a technology and business executive with over 20 years of experience specializing in strategic and operational cybersecurity program activities and development for international organizations. His career highlights include serving as a lead enterprise security architect at the Federal Reserve Bank in Richmond, VA, a cybersecurity advisor at Cell Trust Corporation, and Technology Advisor/Cybersecurity Architect for the United Nations Pan American Health Organization.