Chattanooga Engineers Club

“Machine Learning & Cyber Security: How Smart Can It Be?”

  • 11 Mar 2019
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Hennen Hospitality Center, Chattanooga State Building CBIH (first building on left after coming the west entrance)

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“Machine Learning & Cyber Security: How Smart Can It Be?”

By Shayne Champion, Conversant Group 

Presentation added here after the meeting:  Machine Learning_v3_PRINT.pdf

This outstanding presentation will evaluate Machine Learning (ML), Deep Learning (DL), and Artificial Intelligence (AI) as used within cyber security.  During the session we will explore the difference between ML, DL, and AI, and show how these technologies work - as well as their shortcomings.  Finally, we will discuss how these tools could work to help reduce risk and how to apply them in your security environment. 

Here is an outline of the presentation:

  • Definitions
  • Machine Learning
    • Types
    • Methods
  • Neural Networks
  • Pitfalls
    • Errors
    • Assumptions
    • Biases
  • Cyber Applications

Shayne Champion, the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Conversant Group ( has over 20 years of Information Technology (IT) experience building, working in, leading, and/or managing a wide variety of IT Security organizations.  These include Director of Information Security & Architecture for Erlanger Health System, Senior Program Manager for Hydroelectric Cyber Security at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), and the Information System Security Officer (ISSO) for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee (BCBST). 

In all these opportunities, he has worked to reduce IT risk by implementing robust internal control systems both as a practitioner and as an auditor. He understands the role of Information Security in support of corporate strategy and has obtained his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) to broaden his business knowledge.  Shayne also holds several professional certifications including his CISSP, CISA, and GSEC.  When combined with his drive for process improvement, demonstrated knowledge, and leadership Shayne is a proven asset to the profession. 

As a professional and community leader, Shayne actively serves as a mentor, trainer, and advocate for the information security profession. He serves on a number of Boards of Directors including the local ISSA chapter (2017 Small Chapter of the Year), is a mentor for SANS, served multiple years as an examiner for the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (the state-level agency for the National Baldrige Awards), and has both provided conference training and been published internationally.


We will be meeting in the Hennen Room on the first floor of CBIH (Administrative Office) at Chatt State.  CBIH is the first building on the left after coming in the west entrance, behind the "square" pond.

Park in the main lot P18 behind CBIH, and no parking pass is required.

Please register if you would like to have pizza for $5.00 per person.

If you have any questions please contact Al Curtis at Ph: 423-802-0306 or email:

1 PDH may be sent to members who attend and request it.

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