Completes Information Security and Neural Networks Courses

Attorney Brown recently completed two online, non-credit courses—Information Security and Risk Management in Context offered by the University of Washington and Neural Networks for Machine Learning offered by the University of Toronto. Attorney Brown received a formal Statement of Accomplishment for his work with the Neural Networks class (no certification option was offered by the Information Security and Risk Management course).

Information Security and Risk Management in Context

Information Security and Risk Management in Context addressed the latest techniques for securing information and information systems; guidance on policies and procedures; overview of security technologies; protection of Cloud computing information; and security audit practices. Classes included presentations from leading experts who shared proven practices in areas such as mobile workforce safety, security metrics, electronic evidence oversight, advanced security systems, and coping with emerging issues such as e-crime and e-discovery. While no Statement of Accomplishment was offered, Attorney Brown achieved a 99% total score and developed an optional security policy. Professor Barbara Endicott-Popovsky, a professor with significant focus on information security in legal contexts, taught the course. This material is essential to modern law practices.

Neural Networks for Machine Learning

Neural Networks for Machine Learning provided a rigorous and challenging program on applying neural networks to machine learning problems. The course, presented by none other than Professor Geoffrey Hinton (a paragon of the neural networks) is best described by the professor:

The course covered learning techniques for many different types of neural network including deep, feed-forward networks, recurrent networks, and Boltzmann Machines. It covered recent applications to speech, vision, and language, and used hands-on programming assignments.

The Neural Networks course required completing four challenging programming assignments using the Octave language. The materials are essential to understanding and developing advanced eDiscovery, technology assisted document analysis (sometimes termed technology assisted review or predictive coding).

Attorney Brown plans to apply the course materials to real-world legal problems. He also signed-up for the more advanced course in Information Security also offered by the University of Washington, Building an Information Risk Management Toolkit, starting in January 2013.