George Webster

Global Head of Cybersecurity Science and Analytics, HSBC

George Webster is the Global Head of Cybersecurity Science and Analytics.

George is responsible for empowering the Cyber Security mission in protecting the bank by driving proactive tactical and strategic change through the creation of innovative capabilities, development of advanced analytics, and enabling strategic partnerships with the scientific community. The office houses a body of computer security SMEs in artificial intelligence, data engineering, software development, and offensive security techniques that can be leveraged across HSBC to enable an up-skilling in knowledge as well as spearhead the next generation of cyber security capabilities and procedures through in-house development and data-driven analytic capabilities.

Prior to joining HSBC, George spent 15 years in the United States Government serving in multiple roles at the Department of Defence, Central Intelligence Agency, and, most recently, the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). In these capacities, George lead complex offensive and defensive operations against nation state sponsored computer security actors and spearheaded numerous research and development projects. George’s achievements were regularly reported to the highest levels of government and he received numerous accolades for his service. Outside of his government service, George is active in the international scientific community, has spoken at many of the leading computer security conferences (to include Black Hat, RSA, and DCC), is published in major scientific journals, and actively mentors budding researchers and security practitioners.

George earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science from the Virginia Commonwealth University, his Masters of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University, and a PhD in Computer Science from the Technical University of Munich. George’s dissertation focuses on how to break the reactive current computer security paradigm by evolving defensive methods and procedures so they empower analysts and pool the collective knowledge and resources of the community together.

Past sessions

Cloud, Cost, Complexity, and threat Coverage are top of mind for every security leader. The Lakehouse architecture has emerged in recent years to help address these concerns with a single unified architecture for all your threat data, analytics and AI in the cloud. In this talk, we will show how Lakehouse is essential for effective Cybersecurity and popular security use-cases. We will also share how Databricks empowers the security data scientist and analyst of the future and how this technology allows cyber data sets to be used to solve business problems.

In this session watch:
George Webster, Global Head of Cybersecurity Science and Analytics, HSBC
Monzy Merza, Vice President of Cybersecurity Go-to-Market, Databricks
Jason Trost, Head of Analytic Engines, HSBC