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Season 3 Episode 3: A Day in My Life: Putting data to use against cyber adversaries (Principal Data Scientist)

March 08, 2021 EWF - Rising Leaders Season 3 Episode 3
NextExec - EWF
Season 3 Episode 3: A Day in My Life: Putting data to use against cyber adversaries (Principal Data Scientist)
Show Notes

Jessica hosts our first guest from across the Atlantic, Dr. Sorcha Healy.  Sorcha talks about how she used her transferable data wrangling skills acquired as an academic in her current role as Principal Data Scientist. Her enthusiasm when talking about extracting value from data to help fight cybersecurity adversaries by scaling and operationalizing machine learning models is contagious! She offers tips on storytelling with data along with the skills she looks for in a data scientist working in cybersecurity. 


Sorcha Healy is a Principal Engineer and Senior Data Scientist with McAfee in the Office of the Chief Technology Officer.  She leads Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Analytics Projects for our internal classification and prioritization.   In 2018 she was involved with the Office of the CTO’s Insights and Analytics of global customer threat data shown at our Global Customer show MPOWER in Las Vegas and is heavily involved with developing public cloud analytics.    She has partnerships with Applied Maths in UCC on Anomaly Detection in computer networks and mentors interns from CIT and UCC .  Her research career started in the Physics Departments of UCC and the Tyndall Institute where she was involved in the modelling of semiconductor and photonic materials and  devices.  Thereafter she spent 4 years in the Revenue Commissioners as an analyst and a project manager before being recruited by McAfee to develop internal efficacy statistics in 2014.

In her personal life, Sorcha has 2 rugby mad children and she coaches and manages her daughter’s Rugby team


Jessica Valentine is a Client Advisor at Optiv and Mindful Business Mentor.

Her breadth of experience in strategy, operations, program management, and client services allow her to apply a holistic approach to secure client’s digital transformation initiatives at Optiv, a security solutions integrator.

Her notable achievements include creating the inaugural cybersecurity internship program for Dell, launching her own non-profit, Own I.T., for women in cybersecurity, and teaching yoga at the RSA conference and EWF National Conference in 2019.

As an industry speaker and wellness entrepreneur, Jessica Valentine is passionate about empowering women to embody their vision and weave wellness with work. She is currently developing her own methodology to offer to individuals and organizations seeking fulfillment, engagement, and holistic professional development. She is an activist for diversity, equity, and inclusion and women’s initiatives and is inspired to pioneer a new path for the next generation of leaders in our field.

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