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Upcoming Meeting

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Risk Analysis: The problem of probability

Walt Williams

An overview of traditional use of probability in quantitative models of risk analysis and a proposal or two of a better approach. Traditionally, risk is thought to be the product of impact when multiplied by probability. While we learned in elementary school not to combine apples and oranges, somehow NIST expects us to believe that multiplying probability by impact gives you meaningful results. This presentation will look both at ways to calculate probability meaningfully, the value of doing so in risk analysis, and what the relationship with impact actually is and why it's important to understand this.

Walter Williams served as an infrastructure and security architect at firms as diverse as GTE Internetworking, State Street Corp, Teradyne, The Commerce Group and EMC. He has since moved to security management, where he'd served as at IdentityTruth, Passkey and now manages security at Lattice Engines. He is an outspoken proponent of design before build, an advocate of frameworks and standards, and has spoken at Security B-Sides on risk management as the cornerstone of a security architecture. His articles on Security and Service Oriented Architecture have appeared in the Information Security Management Handbook. He sits on the board of directors for the New England ISSA chapter and was a member of the program committee for Metricon8. He has masters degree in Anthropology from Hunter College.

Tenative MIT E-51, Room 145
7:00 - Announcements & Introductions
7:30 - Formal presentation


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