Dr. Igor Mezic, Professor at UCSB, Joins PacketSled to Spearhead Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Initiatives

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Dr. Mezic to join PacketSled as Chief Scientist after spending years driving projects for DARPA and Department of Defense

PacketSled, the leading Network Monitoring and Network Forensics platform, is adding more firepower to its machine learning program. Dr. Igor Mezic, a leader in the field of machine learning and artificial intelligence for over a decade, is joining the company as Chief Scientist and will drive efforts to solve key challenges in the cybersecurity industry.

Since the 1990’s, Dr. Mezic has been helping global enterprises and government agencies solve massive data problems. He has worked with organizations in various industries including energy, manufacturing and automotive, to make systems and processes more efficient using machine learning and other intelligent data technologies.

“It was immediately clear that PacketSled’s product vision was a great fit with the problems we have been solving for the past ten years in other sectors,” said Dr. Mezic. “We will hit the ground running and believe that our team can make progress in the coming months on delivering significant steps forward around these initiatives.”
“We feel honored to have Dr. Mezic working with us,” said John Keister, CEO at PacketSled. “Our vision is to apply ML to some of the key problems that enterprises encounter with cybersecurity, and Igor’s deep experience will help us execute against those plans.”

Dr. Mezic is also a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at UC Santa Barbara. He received his Ph.D. at Caltech in Applied and Theoretical Mechanics. Dr. Mezic previously served as an Associate Professor at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. His expertise is in data analysis and algorithms for analysis of complex dynamical systems. His major scientific contribution in this field has been the development of operator theoretic methods for analysis of complex dynamical systems that are in widespread use in a large number of scientific and commercial domains.

Following a string of successful research projects for DoD agencies over 22 years, Mezic’s current research includes several AI projects with DARPA. Dr. Mezic is a recipient of numerous scientific and technology awards, including the United Technologies Senior Vice President for Science and Technology Special Achievement Prize in 2007. He has also co-founded Aimdyn, a consulting and AI software development company, and Ecorithm, a company that provides AI products to the smart buildings market.

About PacketSled
PacketSled is the network analytics platform of choice for security teams globally. Used by enterprises and MSSPs for real-time data analysis, threat hunting and incident response, the platform leverages continuous stream monitoring and retrospection to provide network forensics and security analytics. Security teams can integrate PacketSled into their orchestration engine, SIEM, or use PacketSled independently to dramatically reduce the resources required to respond to persistent threats, malware, insider attacks, and nation state espionage efforts.

The company has been named an innovator in leading publications and by security analysts, including SC Magazine, earning a finalist award in 2018 for network visibility. Based in San Diego, the company is backed by investors including Keshif Ventures and Blu Venture Investors. For case studies, continuous product updates and industry news, please visit us at www.packetsled.com or follow us @packetsled.

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