‘All Models are Wrong – but Visual Analytics Can Help’

‘All Models are Wrong – but Visual Analytics Can Help’

Dr Simon Walton, the Centre's Research Associate in Visualisation, gave a talk this month at CyberUK In Practice, a collaborative two-day event in Liverpool that brought together 800 cyber security and technology professionals from across the public sector and industry, including over 550 government delegates representing every central government department and dozens of wider government organisations. The event forms a key element of the consultation on the UK's first National Cyber Security Centre, launching this autumn, which will spearhead a new generation of cyber security initiatives.

Dr Walton presented 'All Models are Wrong – but Visual Analytics Can Help' on Wednesday 25 May, outlining why we believe that a visual analytical approach provides a vital strategy for our nation's cybersecurity. Intrusion detection models are widely used in cybersecurity applications, but their use is often fraught with a number of problems that limit their real-world usefulness. In his talk, Dr Walton discussed these issues as well as detailing a visual analytical workflow for protective monitoring environments that combines the power of models with human expertise, judgement, and intuition.

Dr Walton's talk was part of the event's track on future research and innovation, focusing on research outcomes from the past few years, including novel techniques that are beginning to make a difference and research challenges for the years ahead.

The Centre's participation at this event follows on from a paper presented last November in Chicago at VizSec 2015, detailing a visual analytics loop for supporting the development of models in a protective monitoring environment for cybersecurity. The work was conducted as part of the Corporate Insider Threat Detection project alongside Cyber Security Oxford.