What the Pentagon’s new AI strategy means for cybersecurity

The new Pentagon artificial intelligence strategy serves as a roadmap for how the American military will embrace machine learning in future cyber operations, which could be a boon for companies who invest in the technology.

Released Feb 12, the Pentagon’s strategy shows how the American military will rely on artificial intelligence as a defensive tool.

“We will increase our focus on defensive cybersecurity of hardware and software platforms as a precondition for secure uses of AI,” the Pentagon’s new strategy states. “ In order to ensure DoD AI systems are safe, secure, and robust, we will fund research into AI systems that have a lower risk of accidents; are more resilient, including to hacking and adversarial spoofing.”

A particular focus of the new strategy is researching “emergent effects,” which is what happens when two artificial intelligence systems interact. The Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground, for one, is conducting studies into how artificial intelligence can protect soldiers’ tactical networks and communications from cyberattacks.

The Pentagon’s artificial intelligence strategy comes as both the American military and hackers have embraced machine learning for cyberattacks.

According to an analysis by Fifth Domain, more than half of the new challenges and programs announced by the intelligence community’s research arm in 2018 involve machine learning or predictive analytics, which represents a potential boon for cybersecurity researchers. ..Read More..

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